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Who We Are

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.

Our vision is that children everywhere are raised in safe, loving families free from abuse and neglect.

Providence House was founded in 1981 by Sr. Hope Greener, CSJ, as Ohio’s first licensed crisis nursery, offering free, voluntary (non-custodial) placements for emergency shelter to children newborn through ten years old, actively living in crisis situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect.  

In 1990, a special licensing category was created in state legislature solely for the services provided by Providence House.  In 2006, Providence House led a legislative effort through Ohio’s General Assembly to further define these licensing and operational standards specifically for Crisis Care Facilities (Crisis Nurseries).  The passage of SB242 allows for the provision of residential crisis care to children newborn through age 12 for up to 90 days.  While Federal definitions have been established through CAPTA, Ohio joins only 13 states with formal legislation for Crisis Care Facilities.

Providence House is an IRS designated 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation (Tax ID: 34-1336325) in good standing since our determination date of July 1981.  We receive nearly 89% of our funding through private contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Over the last 34 years Providence House has expanded our services in response to the needs of our community.  Today our model goes beyond emergency shelter for children and includes a range of case management and supportive services for both our children and their families, with a goal to stabilize, strengthen, and reunify each family.  Our model today is a best-practice blend of crisis intervention and family preservation programs designed to create safe, stable, and self sufficient families.

What We Do

Providence House serves up to 20 children at a time, birth to the age of ten, when their family is experiencing a crisis.  Parents or guardians choose to place their children at Providence House for up to 60 days, and retain custody of their children.  Common reasons for placement include homelessness, unsafe living conditions, a parent's need for medical or mental health treatment, a parent's need for substance abuse treatment, or community violence, among others.

Children are cared for around the clock, and parents are provided with case management, parent education, and trauma services, and visit with their children on a regular basis.  Aftercare services are offered for up to 6 months after placement, so parents can continue to receive in-person support and basic needs items.

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