Tuesday, December 2, 2014

First "Wellness Nursery" To Open In Cleveland Soon

Providence House was Ohio's first crisis nursery when Sr. Hope Greener first opened its doors in Ohio City in 1981. The majority of the babies who needed care then were born with crack addictions, passed on by mothers unable to care for their newborns.

Today,  homelessness and heroin addictions are the major hurdles faced by the babies and children who receive loving care Providence House.  And in early 2015, Providence House plans to open the first wellness nursery in the country.  Elisabeth's House, named for the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation, will care for infants and children with medical issues who are well enough to be released from the hospital, but may not have a safe place to go.

Natalie Leek-Nelson, President and CEO of Providence House says construction of the wellness nursery is complete and the license has been issued.  Initial operating funds are needed to open the doors and fill the beds with babies in need.  You can contribute by attending the agency's biggest fundraiser of the year, Deck the House, taking place Tuesday, December 9 at First Energy Stadium.

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