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About Our Shelter

The Night’s Shield is a private, non-profit organization that provides a Children's Crisis Shelter program that serves families from all over the state of Illinois.  The shelter is a temporary emergency child care shelter that provides short-term care for children age’s birth to a child’s eighteenth birthday, for families who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis, such as domestic violence, parental stress, home crisis/homelessness, legal issues, family medical problem, mental health issues, substance use/abuse, public support/services, job/school issues, or family instability. The Night’s Shield Children's Crisis Shelter provides intervention, community based resource referrals, and support to families for their re-stabilization and empowerment.

The goal of the crisis shelter is to support families in times of stress and uncertainty and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children newborn through eighteenth birth day.  The crisis shelter aims to work in a supportive partnership with families to help them through times of crises and from the potential damaging effects that can result from a personal or family crisis.  Some families often need family stabilization, child abuse prevention, and/or other critical support services. The crisis shelter provides voluntary, parent-initiated, short term care for children newborn through age eighteen in a safe and nurturing environment. All aspects of a child’s development, including physical, social, emotional, and intellectual will be nourished and supported.