We are experiencing an alarming increase in demand for our services to support children and families through crisis. In the past 5 years, the number of unserved children has increased by more than 200%.
Last year, 486 children were waitlisted or unserved; we expect that number to keep growing due to limited capacity at our Providence House West Campus in Ohio City.
Nearly 70% of those children are from the East Side of Cleveland, so we are expanding east to the Buckeye-Shaker Neighborhood to make it easier for families to access our services.
The new Providence House East Campus will include a 20-bed Crisis Nursery, Family Resiliency Center, Community Hub, and offices for our administrative staff.
Our project focuses on community development “from the inside” – supporting the health, safety, and stability of the community’s children and families. The Providence House East Campus site is a $21 million renovation and construction project. The campus is centered in the heart of a larger 10-block, $60 million neighborhood transformation zone on Buckeye Road.
By coming into the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland, Providence House hopes to be a central anchor and partner in the future development of this and surrounding communities, as we were in the now vibrant Ohio City neighborhood.
Construction on the East Campus Crisis Nursery is now complete!
Our East Campus Crisis Nursery will allow Providence House to serve over 240 additional children each year! It will offer a safe, licensed, home-like environment for babies and children through age 12.
Just like our West Campus, during their stay, children will receive 24/7 loving care, free shelter, basic necessities, and developmental and educational enrichment.
One floor of the newly-renovated Weizer Building on the East Campus will be home to our Family Resiliency Center. This is where our Licensed Social Workers will work with parents and guardians through comprehensive case management services, support and education, and by providing connections to community services.
Our goal is to help families work through the crisis that brought them to us, identify their strengths, and meet the goals they set for themselves so they can increase stability going forward.
The East Campus will enable Providence House to serve over 400 additional families each year through our family preservation crisis nursery services and community-based programs.
The new Community Hub will be built on Buckeye Road and East 119th Street. The three-story, mixed-use facility will host tenant space for partner social service agencies, local businesses, and retail/workforce development storefronts on Buckeye Road.
It will be mindfully designed to fit within the fabric of the neighborhood, be culturally responsive to community needs and help spur additional development in Buckeye-Shaker.