Who are we?
In 1976, the women of the Junior League of Eugene created the Lane County Relief Nursery in response to a growing crisis of child abuse and neglect. They began by providing respite care to a handful of children in borrowed space in a church basement. In 1984, the Relief Nursery hired Jean Phelps and under her leadership, the Relief Nursery model developed and flourished.
Relief Nurseries serve the most challenged, vulnerable families in our state with a trauma-informed and strength-based approach to child and family development. Each child in the Relief Nursery program has a individualized plan to help him or her thrive and each family has help to become stable and attached.
Today, there are 31 Relief Nursery sites. All of them are built on public-private partnerships, which include both government funding, grants and community donations. Relief Nurseries are community-driven organizations, which leverage public funds to serve more children and families.
Relief Nurseries are grateful for the wide support we receive from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon legislature and the many funders throughout Oregon!