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Providence House

We have accomplished a lot in our 36 year history! View our video or scroll through our history! 

1981

Providence House is Founded
Sister Hope opens Providence House (began operation 4/27/1981) in 3 room house on W. 44th

1982

On March 4, 1982, the West Side Catholic Deanery voted to transfer us the title to what is now Elisabeth’s House.

1983

We begin serving 5 infants and toddlers at a time at West 32nd in January 1983

1985

Daisy
Daisy, our first childcare worker, is hired. She retired in the spring of 2016!

1987

First Expansion
On August 1, 1987, we completed our first expansion and could care for 15 kids at a time.

1989

Ohio Savings Bank helps Providence House purchase and renovate Leo’s House

1990

Leo's House Dedication
Leo’s House dedicated Oct. 7, 1990. We could care for 26 children at a time. Providence House is licensed by Ohio Department of Human Services.

1991

Linda Perry named Executive Director of Providence House

1992

First Strategic Plan

1994

Hired first communications/marketing staff member (Laura Hnat)

1995

First Deck the House Event
First Deck the House Event

1998

We received the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for outstanding accomplishment by a nonprofit organization.

1999

Providence House named Ed Block Courage Award House

2000

Dedication of Cleveland Browns’ Courage House
September 30, 2000: Dedication of Cleveland Browns’ Courage House at Providence House. Representing the Browns at the ceremony were the team’s 1999 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient Derrick Alexander, Head Athletic Trainer Mike Colello and Judge George White, director of the Cleveland Browns’ Foundation. A special pre-game ceremony took place on the field of Cleveland Browns’ Stadium prior to the Browns game against the Baltimore Ravens.

2001

Natalie Leek-Nelson is named CEO and President

2003

Launched Formal Parent Visitation Program

2005

Launched Formal Parent Education Program
Launched Formal Parent Education Program

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 by qualifying agencies in Ohio

2008

Non Profits (OANO) Excellence Award
We receive Ohio Association of Non Profits (OANO) Excellence Award – 2008 Northern Ohio Region honoree for Family Preservation and Parent Education Program

2009

We receive American Jewish Committee Isaiah Award as an honoree for services to improve the human condition in greater Cleveland.

2010

Social Work staff attends training to become Trauma Certified Consultants to help our Crisis Nursery become a trauma informed care environment.

2011

Protect the Promise Campaign
Launch Protect the Promise Campaign to complete expansion on Leo’s House.

2012

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Leo’s House

2013

Expansion completed
Leo’s House expansion complete. Providence House serving 20 children at a time, newborn up to 10 years old.

2014

Family Center opens
Family Center opens

2015

Elisabeth’s House: The Prentiss Wellness Nursery opens to serve 10 children at a time with medical needs.

2016

Vision 40
Development of Vision 40 Strategic Plan
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