Tim Flanagan with Cheslea Cheatham, Greg Rush, Kristin Broadbent, and Jill Arslanian of Three Arches Foundation

Karen Dolan, Chris Ronayne and Paul Dolan

Providence House held its 42nd Annual Luncheon, “Advancing Opportunities Built with Hope,” on April 26, at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland. The luncheon resulted in raising $100,000 for Providence House, with an additional challenge matching grant.
The event recognized that more than 14,000 children have been kept safe and families kept together since the organization open edits doors in 1981.
Providence House President and CEO Natalie A. Leek shared plans about Hope’s House, the new East Campus Crisis Nursery. The new facility will be open to children in the fall of 2023, and will support up to 20 children at a time. The renovated space, in a building listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and located at 11801 Buckeye Road in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood, will double the organization’s footprint, and serve a growing number of children in need. Approximately 486 children had been placed on Providence House’s waiting list, the majority of which are children from Cleveland’s east side.
Last year, 99percent of families who had a child stay in the West Campus of the Crisis Nursery successfully reunited after addressing the situations that brought them there.
Paul and Karen Dolan serve as co-chairs of the “Building Hope for the Future” Campaign. In his remarks, Mr. Dolan expressed gratitude for Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne’s support of the Opportunity Corridor, which provides more accessible routes to the new center.
Ronayne delivered the luncheon’s keynote address, and emphasized his gratitude for the public/private/nonprofit partnerships that serve so many county residents in need. He spoke of his Healthy Cuyahoga County initiative – to ensure healthy communities, citizens, local economy, and justice systems. Preferring the narrative of child wellness rather than child welfare – he stressed the importance of preparing an environment for every child to grow, learn and succeed.
Providence House’s Every Child Award Ceremony honored University Hospitals, the Cleveland Guardians Significant Others Association, and Three Arches Foundation for their contributions to the organization. Ms. Dolan received a lifetime achievement award for her many years advocating for the organization. For more information, visit provhouse.org. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA C. TURNER