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.

  • Free, voluntary (non-custodial) 24/7 emergency shelter to children birth through twelve who are at risk of maltreatment
  • Evidence-based assessments, activities, and therapies focused on developmental, social emotional, medical, and educational enrichment

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

  • Unique, individualized parent education, mentoring, family preservation, and aftercare services
  • Intensive case management and counseling services link families to community support services, treatment, and therapy focused on developing safe, stable caregivers in the home
  • Certified Trauma Specialists providing interventions and therapies to address the long-term impact of trauma on child development and family dynamics

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

  • Collaborative partner with 40 public and private service providers in wrap services for family stability
  • Over 100 community outreach visits and speaking engagements conducted each year to promote the prevention of child maltreatment and advocate for our families
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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:

  • Elisabeth’s House The Prentiss Pediatric Crisis Nursery  (formerly The Wellness Nursery) - supports up to 10 children at a time (100+/year) who are in crisis and also have medical conditions. The Pediatric Crisis Nursery offers pediatric medical care and parent medical training in addition to traditional crisis nursery services. 
  • Family Center - A dedicated wing in Elisabeth’s House serves families from both nurseries and is equipped with three “family rooms,” for private onsite family visits, parent education, case management, trauma services, and Aftercare Program support sessions. 

Our Results

Last year, we successfully reunited 98% of the 333 children and 158 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.