Project Description

Contact Marsha’s House at (209) 578-3180

Located in Ceres, CA

Our shelters are open to receive abused, neglected and high-risk children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Crisis Center provides nurturing, homelike environments, offering proper nutrition, security, encouragement and growth opportunities that develop trust, promote higher self-esteem, and foster positive behaviors and attitudes for children who receive services. Our programs provide immediate separation of children from parents at times when critical family events have heightened the potential for abuse and neglect allowing children who are at-risk time away from the negative circumstances of their family life.

  • The Crisis Center is licensed by the State of California Community Care Licensing and has been serving the community since 1980.
  • All services are provided free of charge to high risk families residing within Stanislaus County.

Outcomes & Benefits to Children

Our shelters provide a nurturing, homelike environment, offering proper nutrition, security, and safety to children who receive services.

Shelter provides children with immediate separation from abusive parents at times when critical family events have heightened the potential for abuse.

Children benefit from regular nutritious meals that nourish their bodies and minds, reversing the adverse effects of hunger and malnutrition. Meal times promote growth and development as children partake in healthy eating and mealtime activities.

Health screenings and developmental assessments allow Center staff to plan specialized activities tailored to promote each child’s optimal growth and progress. Parents receive instruction and valuable insight into the health and development needs of their children and are assisted in locating other services specific to their child’s needs.

Sheltering children at critical moments of family crisis protects them from trauma and affords positive opportunities of play and maturation. Abusive parents receive relief with time away from parenting that allows them to deescalate.

Abusive parents are able to remove themselves from unhealthy situations and are offered supportive services that educate them on reasonable alternatives to conflict resolution and crisis management. Case Managers assist families in seeking other valuable community programs to repair family dynamics, improve parenting practices, and achieve family stability.

Children experience learning opportunities and benefit from experiences that provide a foundation for language proficiency, improved reasoning skills, and expansion of social/emotional development.

The nurturing, home style environment, of our shelters offer security, encouragement and growth opportunities that facilitate trust, promote higher self-esteem, and foster positive behaviors and attitudes for abused and neglected children. Therapeutic play stimulates developmental achievements, while nutritious meals fuel each child’s mind and body.

Abusive parents receive insight and information that encourages healthier family interactions. Nurturing techniques and parenting skills are modeled for parents. Staff introduce healthier perceptions of children’s behaviors. Therapeutic Teachers guide children in the development of positive social/emotional skills.

Crisis Counseling and education helps parents to form understanding of, and sensitivity to children’s levels and stages of development which works to help parents formulate reasonable expectations for their children.

A culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse staff allow for assistance to be provided without negative impact to family value.

Children born into families where generational abuse has been the norm are safeguarded. Their families are able to achieve meaningful change that interrupt the cycle of low self-esteem, depression, poor self-control and diminished coping that contribute to abusive behaviors. Positive experiences reduce the odds that these children will themselves perpetuate the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

To talk with a Crisis Counselor or inquire about Children’s Crisis Center services for an at-risk child, contact us at (209) 577-4413, 24 hours a day.