Providence House protects at-risk children and supports families through crisis, strengthening community to end child abuse and neglect.
Due to an increasing need for their services on the east side of Cleveland, Providence House began exploring the possibility of an east side location in 2017 and launched a capital campaign in 2018 to secure a building on Buckeye Rd and make the necessary rennovations. The Saint Luke's Foundation provided a lead gift to their capital campaign in order to help them become a catalyst for revitalization of the Buckeye corridor as well as needed enhanced services to East side residents. The overall work of Providence House aligns with the Foundation’s social connections strategy, given their role in providing intensive social, emotional and concrete support to families during crisis and on the path to stability and success longer term. Their choice of the historic Weizer building at 11801 Buckeye Rd to house their new facility presented a significant opportunity to bring new vitality to the Buckeye commercial corridor, the improvement of which is a top priority under the Foundation’s new strategy.
The renovated Weizer building will be the primary administrative headquarters for Providence House and support additional family resiliency services and a 24-bed crisis nursery for children. When completed, this project will more than double the number of children and families that can be served in two locations, and service expansion on the east side will include new community based, prevention programs for families. They will partner with other youth-focused organizations on the east side to develop this complementary offering. As the Weizer building renovations proceed, there will be space on the first floor designated for community programming, and on the upper floors for rental space to accommodate partner organizations with an interest in better serving the neighborhood.
Early on in their process, Providence House reached out to Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation to see if their plans for a new site could contribute to neighborhood stabilization efforts aimed at the redevelopment of properties along the Buckeye Corridor. Burten, Bell, Carr identified the Weizer building, on the National Parks Service National Registry of Historic Places, as an important property on the Buckeye Corridor and was seeking a viable end user, so the opportunity to work with Providence House towards creating a new neighborhood asset was compelling. Efforts to acquire the property proceeded quickly with help from Burten, Bell, Carr and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
In the time since our grant was made, ownership of the Weizer building has transferred to Providence House, additional needed capital funding has been raised and the renovations are beginning in the Fall of 2019. New staff are being hired and community outreach efforts have ramped up as Providence House seeks to engage with residents and partner community organizations in meaningful ways.
We now have the opportunity to bring hope and healing to east side children and families in crisis while helping transform a neighborhood as a vital community partner.
Natalie A Leek-Nelson, President and CEO, Providence House