Providence Connections, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 3113 Brighton Rd Pittsburgh PA 15212 USA

Mission: Providence Connections, a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, strengthens families and enriches lives
Target demographics: in strengthening families and enriching lives
Geographic areas served: North Side of Pittsburgh and neighboring towns
Programs: Providence Family Support Center ProgramsChild Care (6 wks to 5 yrs)80 children; Before and After School (5 to 11 yrs) 40 children; Summer Camp (5 to 12 yrs) 50 - 55 children; Parent Programming - A program consisting of classes and events is offered to parents; Family Programming - Families gather at the center five to six times/year to share a meal and enjoy one another's company and recreational activities. Families celebrate the major holidays at the center; Home Visiting - Child Development Specialists visit the homes of families in need to instruct parent(s), encourage and support them in a variety of ways

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a volunteer at Providence Connection. Everyone in Pittsburgh neds to stop in an visit. From the moment you enter the building you can feel the love and compassion. The entire staff glows with friendliness. THe children seem very happy at Providence. It's great place to be!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Board Member of Providence Connections and would like to commend the entire staff for their energy and dedication to the children . Providence Connections is located in a very poor area of the North Side of Pittsburgh. The center provides an outstanding service in child care, a summer camp and a before and after school program for the children and theri families. At last count they serviced over 700 adults and children of this area.

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When I attended a Providence Connections for meetings, I can see the families interacting with the staff. They beam with joy and gratitude .

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I would love to see Providence Connections get more financial support. Meeting the needs of over 700 children and adults can be a large financial drain.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter was a participant in the Providence Summer Camp in 2010 and I have enrolled her again for this summer,2011. What an AMAZING experience she had! Activities included Swimming, Dance, Science, Art, Literacy and Computers. Tiffini, the Camp Coordinator has a real love for children guiding them to learn while having fun. Weekly field trips included local venues and hands on outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking (in a 3 foot lake) and hiking.
The diversity of the children was a plus as she learned a respect for our world and each other. The service learning component allowed her to begin to "give back" in small ways.

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At the end of Camp, I saw a positive change in my daughter, she became more confident socially and benefited from the academic enrichment. The many experiences have broadened her view of our community making the transition into first grade and beyond a positive one.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Assist in supporting Providence Connections and other like agencies by lobbying to continue state funding and donate financially if possible. Services are critically needed to continue this good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Providence Connections has been a shining light on the North Side since 1994. I’ve watched PC grow and expand its services to meet the needs of the families in the area. They live up to their mission of “strengthening families and enriching lives. This is an organization I am proud to be associated with.
Mary Jane Beatty

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I've seen the services expand to meet the ever growing needs of the clients.

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I would find ways to promoted Providence Connections in the media and let other know the services that are available.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Husband and I are donors to Providence Connections because we are very impressed with their Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
Their work with needy children and their families is an admirable service to the residents of the surrounding communities
Their loving care for the people they work with is obvious and invaluable.
We are proud to help Providence Connections when we can!
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Bittner

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When we visit the site, we are delighted to observe the children in their joyful activities with their classmates and teachers. This is a wonderful experience for them.

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I have been involved with Providence Connections for several years, as their Marketing Specialist. My association with Providence has become my ministry, because Providence is filled with unending love and support for every family and child that walks through their doors. Providence strengthens children by teaching them skill development that is crucial for their academic & social success. Providence is a place where family milestones are reached everyday. The staff & administration is committed to helping our families develop into self-sufficient and productive members of society. I am proud that Providence Connections is such an important cornerstone in the City of Pittsburgh. God Bless.

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My association has become my ministry.

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Offer extended hours over the weekend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Providence Connections since 1996 and find that it has helped more families and their children grow into healthy and productive families.
Without Providence Connections many of these families of single moms and their children might have not been able to grow into the beautiful productive families that they now are.
Providence Connections is a "life-saver" for many.
Being on the Board of Directors is a privilege and a blessing. I believe in its Mission - to strengthen families and enrich lives. I see this being lived out in many and wonderul ways.
Kudos to the staff and volunteers. They are doing a marvelous ministry for the North Side of Pittsburgh.

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When I attend the family functions, I see happy and productive families who have been helped by the programs and staff at Providence Connections.

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I wish Providence Connections would be able to create an endowment that would sustain it long into the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Providence Connections for almost 10 years as an enrolled family, volunteer and Parent Council member. I have seen the amazing work they do with the children and have felt first hand how they reach out to the families in times of need. They offer evening Enrichment Programming (with childcare), Family Unity Nights, Holiday Family Celebrations and so much more some how all at no expense to the struggling families. It is amazing... I have not found any other place that has come close to doing what they do and making such an inpact on the community as they do. I am proud to have a relationship with Providence Connections.

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So many ways. My child has a safe and secure enviroment to learn in when I need to work. We have 'family' and a delicious meal for the Holidays at the Celebrations. I have attended the Enrichment Programming

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to provide them with the money they need to continue all the amazing services they offer and I know they would like to do a whole lot more important work but just don't have the funding. I just wish I could help...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I actually drove past.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The Enrichment Programming they offer covers many things ~ making healthier food choices, computer skills, self awareness, dealing with a challenging child are just a few I have attended and have used what I have learned. If not for them there would not have been programming I could have attended and benefitted from...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Providence Connections has as its mission, "strengthening families and enriching lives." I am not aware of any agency in which the staff are so wholeheartedly dedicated to working with families, many times needy families, and helping them to grow. Their loving care of infants and toddlers, their education of pre-schoolers, their involvement of after school youth in programs and activities which make them better people, their love, care, concern and support of families all of these services would be hard to surpass. I believe and know from experience that Providence Connections does an outstanding job of working with individuals and families to strengthen them and grow to their full potential.

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Board meetings

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Endow the organization with $1,000,000

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Rating: 5 stars  

Providence Connections is a wonderful organization that meets the needs of so many families on Pittsburgh's North Side. The staff and leadership of Providence Connections truly care about the well being of the families they serve.

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I have met many families who are helped by this organization.

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I wish more people knew about Providence Connections and the great work they do everyday!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen first hand how this organization economically handles the funds that they receive. They provide hope in the light of the darkness of poverty with great kindness. All the programs provided are greatly needed if the children of this community are to possibly find success in life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to broadcast the programs offered.

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