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Providence House, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter

Mission: Providence House protects at-risk children and supports families through crisis, strengthening communities to end child abuse and neglect.

Results: Last year: -99% of our children were successfully reunited with their parent or caregiver. -68% of our highest-risk parents/caregivers who received intensive family support services felt their family stability increased. -90% of our parents/caregivers were fully engaged in our recommended family preservation services. A 2016 long-term outcomes study conducted by Case Western Reserve University, published in Volume 61 of Children and Youth Services Review, affirmed our belief that our family preservation services have the greatest impact on our families' long-term stability and reduction of foster care placements following our services - 82% of children in the study did not enter foster care. An external evaluation completed by researchers from the Begun Center at Case Western Reserve University further proved the long-term effectiveness of our services by showing that Providence House clients are 73.4% more likely to be employed, 16.1% more likely to have their own house/apartment, and 33% more likely to have increased income after using our services.

Target demographics: children, aged newborn to twelve, whose families are experiencing a crisis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 323 children from 167 families

Geographic areas served: Greater Cleveland Area

Programs: Leo’s House: Crisis Nursery – Our traditional Crisis Nursery model, licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) to operate 24/7, provides protection for up to 20 children at a time, aged newborn through twelve, in a home-like facility that includes play spaces, a dining area, sibling bedrooms, and a family room. Elisabeth’s House: The Prentiss Pediatric Crisis Nursery – This program models our traditional Crisis Nursery, while offering an additional tier of medically-related services for up to 10 children at a time in order to improve child wellness, reduce hospital stays and readmissions, and increase caregiver capacity to support their child’s medical needs. Family Center – A dedicated wing in Elisabeth’s House serves families from both nurseries and is equipped with three “family rooms,” furnished with couches, tables, chairs, and children’s play equipment. The Family Center hosts private onsite family visits, parent education, case management, trauma services, and Aftercare Program support sessions.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angela L.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with this organization because I truly believe it makes a difference in the lives of families, children and in our city. They are looked at as a model for caring for individuals and you can see that through every level of he organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have an opportunity to see a child come to Providence House from beginning to leaving. Initially most children are unsure of themselves and quiet. During their time whether weeks or months, I see how they blossom. Routine, manners, sharing, meeting new people bring out the best in these wonderful children. Sleep schedule, being considerate of others, not leaving the table until all others are finished, cleaning up and of course the endless fun allow these children the security of place and routine. The attention and affection given by the staff astounds me. Everyone pays attention to the smallest needs with such energy. As they leave and bounce into Mom's arms again they are stronger more secure children and Mom smiles more confidently.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch - helping those in our community that need it most.

Donor

Rating: 5

Providence House deeply cares about the children and puts them as the priority above all else. They work to change lives while families are using their services and after so that they can help strengthen the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PH provides unique and invaluable services to the community, without which hundreds of Cleveland families per year would dissolve and foster care enrollment would be even higher than it already is. To support their overall mission of taking care of children and families in their greatest hour of need, PH looks for volunteers and donors across the greater Cleveland area—and regularly finds an willing audience, inspired not only by the mission but also by dedication to it demonstrated by PH employees. Quite frankly, certain areas of Cleveland would look much different were it not for the services PH provides.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the young professional group, PHriends of Providence House, for over 4 years now and currently Chair this group. I have a passion for Providence House's mission to help end child abuse and neglect in the greater Cleveland community. Providence House is more than a place to keep kids safe, it's a place to provides hope and support for the most vulnerable members of our community. By helping stabilize families, we provide future stability for the region.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The dedication Providence House shows to families is like no other, from the care given to children of parents in crisis, to the support and respect shown to those parents as staff help them get the services they need. This is why the family reunification rate is 98%. I’ve never seen a more mission-driven and effective organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful nonprofit that helps our local families and children of our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Providence House since I first learned of their mission almost 20 years ago. I began volunteering about 5 years ago and am proud to be a part of an organization that cares for families. I have so much respect for the parents making some hard decisions in order to keep their children safe and for the staff that encourages the families by being supportive and nonjudgmental.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Providence House is a wonderful organization to be part, I am on their associate board. The House direct members are extremely on top of their roles, know their organization, and are great at bringing in outsiders like myself into the role of awareness spreading. As for the actually organization, the recognition and support from around the city of Cleveland is strong. The brand it self is just known as a very proud organization and what they do to save families and even lives of the children is excellent. Seen through their growth lately, the future of Providence House is going to be strong and this is all from the great efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privilege to volunteer at Providence House for many years. During that time, I have seen children thrive and grow under the care of the Providence House staff. Providence House has been consistent and true to their mission to protect children and support families in crisis and this is most significantly reflected in the commitment of the people who work there. The staff members are caring, selfless, responsible and focused. Providence House is a community of people who are dedicated to improving the lives of the people they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Providence House for almost two years and could not be more proud to be a part of this organization. The work they do for the kids and family that use their services is incredible, and each worker and volunteer at Providence House truly cares about the work they are doing and the families they serve. Love the snuggles and playtime each week with the kiddos and giving back to an amazing community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Providence House has an immediate impact on those that truly need it. They not only provide a safe space for children they allow parents to have peace of mind. It is a great organization that is truly a beacon of light in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Providence House has been a very rewarding experience. I am humbled to be a part of their mission in supporting children and families in crisis in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Providence House and all that they stand for. Such an incredible group of individuals. I love my role as a volunteer for PH!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been acquainted with Providence House for several years and am continually impressed with the high quality assistance they provide to families in need in Northeast Ohio. What started as a crisis care nursery has turned into a comprehensive program to keep children safe and families intact. Parents are given the skills they need to be successful parents, while their children are nurtured and loved in a caring environment. God bless Providence House for all it does for our children!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Providence House has a life changing impact on the children and family that are served. The group has a long history of facilitating widespread change by helping individual families in a personable, relational manner. The House’s targeted approach has a ripple effect throughout the entire community that cannot be quantified.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Providence House has been improving lives, and improving the community, for over 3 decades. By intervening for children when they are at their most vulnerable, Providence House fosters healthy, productive, contributing members of society who can go on to touch other people's lives in positive ways. Yes, you can count the number of children served at Providence House in a week, a month, a year, or a decade. But the impact on the individual, and the community, is an immeasurable positive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Providence House helps children and parents/guardians from families in crisis across Cuyahoga County. While the parents can address problems in their own lives in order to better care for their children, the kids are happy, healthy, and loved at Providence House. Providence House works to minimally disrupt the child's life by ensuring they remain in their school and requiring regular supervised visits with the parent or parents. Providence House helps hundreds of children and families across Cuyahoga County live better, happier, and healthier lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Providence House has a strong and powerful history in the neighborhood of the Near West Side of Cleveland. It is a beacon of hope for children and families of the Greater Cleveland community who suffer the consequences of poverty. The care and concern for children is obvious to friends and volunteers who are dedicated to helping to make the lives of children better. Staff and volunteers are committed to insuring that families know and understand options available to them to provide a safe, healthy and a loving environment for their children.

Walter3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Their amazing facility makes an enormous difference in the lives of children throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Providence House works with other nonprofits and social service agencies to provide support for the families they serve.