Providence House

Who We Are

Providence House is Ohio’s first and one of the nation's longest-operating crisis nurseries among the 70+ in operation in the U.S. and Canada.  

We offer free, voluntary, non-custodial emergency shelter to children newborn through twelve years old who are actively living in crisis situations and support services to their families to help them stay together.

Providence House has cared for and advocated for more than 15,000 children and families in crisis since opening our doors in 1981. To provide the support so desperately needed by our families, we deliver a holistic, integrated program focused on family preservation.

Our unique Crisis Nursery Program is a comprehensive service based on the latest research in our industry and evidence-based programs and practices that can help prevent child abuse and neglect and reduce foster care placements. 

Following their stay with us, the children we care for go home to stronger, more stable families. Over the last five years, an average of 99% of families who brought a child to stay in our Crisis Nursery reunited after engaging with our services!

Mother receives counceling at providence house

Our West Campus

  • 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. 

Our East Campus

Providence House is expanding to the East Side of Cleveland to help address the increase in the need for our services. Our East Campus will allow us to serve 250 more children and 400+ more families each year. The East Campus Crisis Nursery is expected to open soon!

Learn more about our East Campus