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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 US and Canada today.  We offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) emergency shelter to children newborn through twelve years old, actively living in crisis situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect.

Providence House has cared and advocated for over 8,000 children and families in crisis throughout our 37-year history. To provide the support so desperately needed by our families, we deliver a holistic, integrated program focused on child abuse prevention and family preservation. Our unique Crisis Nursery Program is a comprehensive service based 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 and intensive services, the children we care for are going home to stronger, more stable families. Over the last five years, an average of 96% of children served were reunited with their parent or guardian.

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What do we do?

We Protect Children by providing for their physical, emotional, developmental, and educational needs.

  • Offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) 24/7 emergency shelter to children, aged newborn through twelve years old, who are at risk of abuse and neglect.
  • Provide each child in our care with evidence-based assessments, therapies, daily activities, and individual nurturing that supports their developmental, social-emotional, medical, and educational enrichment.

We Support Families by connecting them to resources, cultivating nurturing practices, and encouraging responsibility.

  • Offer unique, individualized parent education, mentoring, family preservation, and Aftercare services to support long-term family stability.
  • Link families to community support services, treatments, and therapies focused on developing safe, stable caregivers in the home through intensive case management and counseling services.
  • Certified Trauma Specialists provide interventions and therapies to address the long-term impacts of trauma on child development and family dynamics.

We Strengthen Communities by advocating for underserved families and demonstrating the lasting impact of prevention.

  • Partner collaboratively with nearly 100 public and private service providers in wrap services to promote family stability.
  • Conduct over 150 community outreach visits and speaking engagements this year to advocate for our families and the prevention of child maltreatment.
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Our Campus

The Providence House services and campus have undergone significant growth and expansion in recent years to meet the growing needs of families in crisis who have young children. Our campus supports three distinct service areas in two buildings:

  • Leo’s House: A 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 Results

Last year, we successfully reunited 99% of the 323 children and 167 families served. A long-term outcomes study conducted by Case Western Reserve University (published in Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 61) affirmed our belief that when parents are actively engaged in our recommended support services, there is less chance of their children entering foster care.

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