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Providence House Inc

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

Mission: Providence House fights to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis, and building safer communities for every child.

Results: Our results are clear. Last year: - Preservation: 98% of our children were reunified with their parent or guardian after an average stay of 20 days - Satisfaction: 78% of high risk parents who received intensive family support services felt their family stability increased - Compliance: 90% of our parents are fully compliant and complete our recommended case management, parent education, and visitation services - Success: A recent study shows that when parents complete our services their children are far less likely to be placed in foster care after they leave Providence House

Target demographics: children in emergency shelter when parents are temporarily unable to care for them due to crisis situations

Direct beneficiaries per year: 326 children from 166 families

Geographic areas served: Greater Cleveland Area

Programs: our Crisis Nursery- Crisis Intervention and Family Preservation Program. We Protect At-Risk Children - by providing for their physical, emotional, developmental, and educational needs o Free, voluntary (non-custodial) 24/7 emergency shelter and services to children, newborn - 10 years old who are at risk of abuse or neglect for up to 60 days. We Empower Families in Crisis – by offering respect, delivering education, connecting resources, and encouraging responsibility o Unique, individualized parent counseling, education, mentoring, family preservation and aftercare services We Build Safer Communities – by preventing tragedy, promoting prevention to end the cycle of abuse, and strengthening neighborhoods with healthy families o Collaborative partner with nearly 40 public and private service providers to link safety net services for family stability

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.


Rating: 5

The unique mission and purpose of Providence House was difficult for me to understand at first because I'd never seen or heard of a Crisis Nursery before. I thought to myself "well how is this different from Foster care?" It took one visit for me to understand. Seeing the kids in an environment that felt like home with caretakers they were comfortable with was honestly moving. Providence House is meeting the needs of a population and a community for which there are few alternatives. These are regular people who've sometimes just hit a rough patch. People who care about their children but recognize they need to get back up on their feet to adequately care for them. Not to mention the staff and volunteers are passionate about what they do and a pleasure to work with...always appreciative and outgoing. The more time I spend with this organization, the more time I WANT to spend here. I never thought I'd be this involved in a non-profit and yet I've joined the PHriends Group (a Young Professional's Associate board) and countless committees because it's the kind of place where you can see the impact you're making.