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Non-Profit #: 94-3371317
Chicks in Crisis operates almost entirely on the goodwill of others.
THE HISTORY OF CHICKS IN CRISIS
Chicks in Crisis is widely known throughout the Greater Sacramento area as the organization to contact for pregnant teens and young women in crisis.
We work closely with CPS, hospitals, and foster care social workers to meet their needs. As a partner with Sacramento 2-1-1, ours is the most distributed number to callers looking for baby supplies in the area. We attend health fairs and can be seen at many local events educating the community on our services.
CiC started in the garage of our founder, Inez Whitlow, in 1997. Inez set out to decrease the number of babies entering the foster care system and even being abandoned by helping pregnant teens and women obtain medical care, housing, counseling, and other resources needed to make responsible choices. With gently used clothes, a truck, and a passion for making a difference, Inez was the first “street team” in Sacramento that went to the people. She often housed homeless pregnant women in her own home, giving up her own bed. On cold nights, she would set up tables and, with the help of volunteers, fed and helped pregnant and parenting families.
Today, CiC has become a full-service crisis pregnancy prevention program. We can be found in local high schools, medical clinics, Juvenile Hall, Sacramento County Jail, and state prisons. The Elk Grove and Sacramento Unified High School Districts have invited us to teach responsible parenting and STD education to their students. In the past year, Amber’s Closet gave out approximately 1,989 lunches, 20,000 diapers, 11,684 wipes, 219 cases of formula and over 11,413 items of clothing to the community. “The Coop” is our transitional house, giving homeless foster youth, emancipated youth, and pregnant teens a safe environment with a house mom in order to get on their feet and continue their education.
Due to the inadequate and spare services for foster youth and emancipated young adults in the Elk Grove area, we are creating a “one stop” location that can meet their specifically different needs. “The Ranch”, an urban farm and community collaboration, will provide an array of services and programs targeted to this population and also provide a safe space for these youth to learn and grow. CiC does not currently take government funds to run their program. Instead, money is raised through public donations, fundraising events, and adoption services.