About Us:

The Southern MN Crisis Nursery Ivy House is an ecumenical, faith based independent non-profit that exists to provide 24-hour care for children ages 0-12 in a safe and loving environment while supporting families who are experiencing a stressful situation.

Current Board Members

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Amber Collins, Board Chair

Melanie Mohror, Board Vice Chair

Sarah Mertz, Board Treasurer

Nicole Hendrickson, Board Secretary

Shelly Hogue

Kim Hanson

Susan Klossner

Katie Schwartz

Anna Friese

Steve Turvold

Jason Spurgin

Andy Braulick

IVY HOUSE BOARD of directors

Non-board members in photo: Director, Evan Curtin; Family Advocate, Erin Miller; Community Partner, Denise Kamm

We are passionate about the work we do!

One board member explained, "As a psychologist I have the privilege of working with wonderful families.  Many of these families could use more support and I like being part of that solution.  Being able to tell a struggling client there is a resource like SMNCN is so pleasing.   In the last several years of my practice I've seen how even a few hours for a "time out" or break can really turn the tide for someone and instill hope.  Also, as the mother of a 15 month old daughter whom I adore, I've experienced first hand how challenging it can be to take care of a tiny human.  We all need help sometimes.  It takes a village."

                                                                                         -Katie Kuhlmann Schwartz

Contact Us:

SMNCN Business phone: 507-354-7626
SMNCN Crisis Line: 507-766-6925
SMNCN Board Chair, Amber Collins:  smncrisisnursery@gmail.com
SMNCN Director, Evan Curtin:  director@smncrisisnursery.org
SMNCN Family Advocate, Erin Miller: advocate@smncrisisnursery.org
Mailing address:  PO Box 53, New Ulm, MN 56073