Our Calling and Our Promise
Providence continues a vibrant history of serving our communities’ needs throughout the great state of Washington for more than 160 years. Our mission calls us to care for everyone, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Working together with community-focused organizations and innovative partners, Providence reaches beyond the clinical setting to meet the needs of today, while transforming conditions for a better tomorrow. Community benefit investments are an important way we partner to create healthier communities.
In 2017, Providence invested more than $558 million in community benefit throughout Washington State.
Working alongside our regional partners, we identify the greatest areas of unmet needs in the communities we serve. Our top priorities help us represent the people at the heart of our mission.
Here are just a few of the inspiring ways our investments are working in our communities:
- Human trafficking with the related assault and abuse are growing problems in the nation. Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides the medical component for victims of sexual and physical violence in Snohomish County. The team includes law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy, prosecution and mental health agencies working together to address human trafficking and the related assault and abuse that victims face. Providence services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week including a crisis line, medical and legal advocacy, medical examinations, support group services and community education and referrals.
- Providence Community Care Center in Olympia opened in mid-September to meet the needs of homeless community members who struggle to get basic necessities including food, shelter and health care. This central hub helps people who are homeless gain access to mental health, substance abuse, housing and primary care services in a compassionate and safe environment.
- Kadlec in the Tri-Cities, has hosted Safe Kids Saturday for 24 years in partnership with Safe Kids Benton Franklin and many local organizations. This free family-friendly community event emphasizes safety and features car seat checks, free bike helmets and resources for water, fire and electrical safety.
- Providence St. Mary Medical Center partnered with other organizations to fund the construction of Walla Walla’s first shelter for homeless teens, set to open this summer. “The Loft” will help youth ages 12-17 receive emergency shelter, guidance and support. The goal is to help teens and their families regain their footing so they are able to return to stable housing and reach their full potential.
- Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) serves people with untreated substance use disorders who typically visit the Emergency Department in times of non-emergent need. Providence Health Care provides trained liaisons to help patients receive sobering, detox and stabilizing services in compassionate settings outside the ED.
- In Stevens County, Northport School District’s Kids Come First program helps grow healthy children into healthy adults. With support from Providence, this program focuses on the social and emotional development of children, empowering them with knowledge, skills and opportunities to lead to a healthy and successful life.
Learn more about our work that fulfills unmet community needs and aligns with the Providence mission in our latest news. It is our privilege and calling to serve people throughout our region.