MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Child abuse continues to be a major problem in the Twin Cities metro, leaving many children without a safe place to stay.

A local organization is doing its part to provide shelter for these kids, and you can help. The Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis is a spot where children come from tough family situations, and there are a few ways people can come in and volunteer their time for kids who need it.

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Children who are victims of abuse stay at the Crisis Nursery, whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect and to create strong, healthy families. Joel Bergstrom with the Crisis Nursery said they do that through several programs, starting with their shelter.

The Crisis Nursery has a crisis help line where parents can call and talk with somebody about a family situation. They also offer a parent education class and home visits for some families.

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Bergstrom said the facility offers a number of volunteering opportunities. Those range from child care providers, which is a six-month commitment, volunteering at least every other week for a three or four-hour time frame.

There’s also several short-term volunteering opportunities, which including cooking meals for the kids.

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Bergstrom said the kids at the Crisis Nursery range from newborns to age 6.