Providence House hoping for additional state funding

(Cleveland) - Providence House announced today that it is one of three organizations the Ohio Senate has allocated $750,000 to provide innovative crisis nursery services in the state. In addition to Providence House, Blessing House in Lorain County and Bridget's Path in Montgomery County are beneficiaries of this important investment in serving children and families in crisis.

"We sincerely thank the Senate for its commitment to organizations providing innovative services helping children and families in crisis," said Natalie Leek-Nelson, Providence House CEO and president. "The Senate is strategically investing in organizations that keep kids safe by preventing child maltreatment, reducing foster care placements, and saving significant tax dollars in the communities they serve. We're grateful that Providence House has been recognized for its leadership in keeping kids safe and families together."

The Senate's investment strongly aligns with Ohio Governor DeWine's public position on making children a priority by improving the state's child welfare systems. The Senate's support for crisis nurseries establishes a strong public-private partnership and will allow Providence House and other crisis nurseries to help more families and children become safe, stable, and self-sufficient.

Providence House would like to give special thanks to Chairman Dolan, President Obhof, Senator Eklund, and Senator Antonio for their leadership and commitment to children and families in crisis. While this is a major advancement for Crisis Nurseries in Ohio, the bill must pass the Senate next week, and then move on to a conference committee between the Senate and House.

Providence House - Ohio's first Crisis Nursery - has cared for over 8,000 families and children in crisis, living for days, weeks, or years without the support they need to help get them back on their feet. For 38 years, Providence House has protected children, supported families in crisis, and strengthened communities for every child.

Their nationally recognized, evidenced-based model prevents child abuse and neglect, reduces system involvement and foster care placements, and keeps families safe, stable, and together. Visit provhouse.org for more information.

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