Our Calling and Our Promise
Providence Senior and Community Services continues a vibrant history of serving the needs of communities in Washington and Southern California for more than 160 years. Together with community-focused organizations and innovative partners, Providence Senior and Community Services reaches beyond the clinical setting to meet the needs of today, while transforming conditions for a better tomorrow. Our mission calls us to care for everyone, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Community benefit investments are an important way we partner to create healthier communities, together.
In 2017, Providence Senior and Community Services invested more than $21.3 million in community benefit. The majority of our investment comes from shortfalls in Medicaid, or the difference between the cost of care we provide and what is paid for by the state and federal government. Most of the fragile seniors who live in our nursing homes or who are enrolled in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at our Providence ElderPlace ministry rely on Medicaid to pay for their ongoing care. It is an honor to serve these vulnerable adults and make sure their needs are met so they can enjoy rich, fulfilled lives.
Here are two of the inspiring ways our investments are working in our communities:
- We continue to work with community partners to expand our ability to help the homeless. In 2017 we opened a new, 74-unit Supportive Housing facility in Redmond, Wash. to provide safe, affordable and permanent housing to low-income seniors. One of the first tenants to move into Providence John Gabriel House was Gloria, a 65-year-old homeless woman who had been living in her car for two and a half years. Gloria says her apartment is more than she expected and it’s a big relief to know she won’t wake up in her car anymore.
- We also purchased an additional Supportive Housing facility in Seattle, Wash. to preserve 16 apartments for people with disabilities.
We invite you to learn more about how we are working to fulfill these needs and care for people in our latest news.
It is our privilege to serve people throughout Washington and Southern California and to continue the legacy of the Sisters of Providence and their commitment to compassionate care.