Providence House

Emergency Shelter

We provide immediate protection and basic needs for children newborn through twelve years old in a safe home-like environment.

Emergency Shelter

Basic Needs
Each child receives their own bed or crib and personal storage areas and a nutritious diet of three meals a day and three healthy snacks. Children follow a daily schedule that includes personal grooming, play times and educational lessons, nap or rest times, and bedtime to assist their transition to our structured environment and reduce the impact of trauma experienced during the crisis that initiated their stay with us.

Personal Items
When a child arrives at Providence House, he or she is given five to seven sets of new clothing, two pairs of pajamas, personal hygiene items, shoes, a handmade blanket, books, toys, and a teddy bear of their own, and above all, respect and unconditional love. Each child takes the clothing and other items they have received home with them in a child-size suitcase, duffel or backpack.

Trauma Informed Care Environment
To better address the significant crises faced by our children and families, we are a Trauma Informed Care Environment, which means we provide emotional and physical safety to our children and families. Virtually all of the children who stay at Providence House have NOT been abused or neglected, but most children who stay at Providence House have experienced some level of trauma as a result of the crises their family is experiencing. Activities designed to alleviate trauma symptoms are provided through a child’s stay through our daily curriculum. We use short, in-the-moment interventions with children whose trauma-related behavior is escalated.