Non-profit group offers free child care - Philadelphia News

July 25, 2008 3:57:34 PM PDT
It sounds almost too good to be true: Free childcare, but that is exactly what a non-profit group is offering in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Yvonne Bell is raising her grandkids and the difference between making her shift at a department store or losing her job is often the Sally Watson Crisis Center in Germantown.

In the Crisis Center, her kids are fed and lovingly cared for, all for free.

The non-profit Sally Watson, and its sister site Baring House in West Philadelphia, are largely unknown, despite their amazing services.

Kids from newborn to five are taken in, anytime of the day or night. Some kids stay for the day, others stay longer, getting up to 30 days of around the clock care.

The center's mission is helping parents deal with stress positively.

For some that means healing themselves like beating an addiction, dealing with a long hospital stay, or fleeing domestic violence without involving government agencies that, in some cases, could take custody of their kids.

Sometimes Loretta Copes brings in 3-year-old Shatyra so she can job-hunt or go to the doctor.

Sally Watson also let's the single mom blow off steam.

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