Our calling and our promise
Providence has had a tradition of caring for the most fragile members of our community ever since the Sisters of Providence arrived in Washington 160 years ago and opened their home to a penniless 85-year-old man in need of shelter. From that humble beginning, our ministries have steadily grown and continue to provide shelter and high-quality care, regardless of one’s ability to pay.
Last year, Providence Senior and Community Services provided more than $20 million in community benefit. This is a core aspect of how we live out our Mission, play an active role in the communities we serve and embrace those in need.
Much of our work supports people when they are at a vulnerable period in their life. This is especially true for terminally-ill patients. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2016 we opened our first inpatient hospice care center in Everett, Wash. The calm, homelike environment encourages families and loved ones to spend quality time together for as long as they wish. We also designed spaces in the center where families can share a home cooked meal and have meaningful conversations. The hospice care center reflects our commitment to providing exceptional and compassionate care through the end of life.
With the help of community partners, we are also expanding our ability to help the homeless. Last year we broke ground on our 15th Supportive Housing facility. When it opens in 2017, Providence John Gabriel House in Redmond, Wash., will provide safe, affordable and permanent housing to low-income seniors who need a stable place to call home.
As the delivery of health care continues to evolve, one thing is certain – the number of poor and vulnerable people who rely on our services is growing. We are honored to serve our communities and continue our Mission of revealing God’s love for all through our compassionate service. I invite you to learn more about our work to fulfill important health needs in our latest stories.