As I begin my tenure as chair of the Providence Child Center Foundation Board of Directors, I’m reminded of the Sisters of Providence who founded Our Lady of Providence nursery in 1945, in what would later become the Center for Medically Fragile Children. I think about the challenges that lay before them in caring for infants using limited resources.
Although advances in health care have made incredible strides since those early days, the primary goal remains the same: To provide exceptional care in a stimulating environment for children with profound, complex medical needs so they can grow to reach their fullest potential.
The compassionate caregivers at Providence Child Center are there to support the ever-expanding needs of children and their families, both at the Center for Medically Fragile Children and in the broader community. The child center provides vital therapies and beneficial programs such as:
- Communication therapy to help non-verbal children learn to express their thoughts and feelings
- Dental care in a safe environment with warm, caring dental staff who focus on children with special needs or on children with high anxiety about receiving dental care
- Aquatic therapy to soothe rigid muscles and provide self expression through warm, healing waters
- Swindells Resource Centers that connect families of children with special needs to the information, training and resources they need
To give these children the care they need, Providence Child Center must rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and community organizations that share our passion for children.
I encourage and welcome your support of these and other life-enriching programs that help shape the lives of our communities’ children.
I look forward to sharing with you ongoing updates about how Providence Child Center is helping vulnerable children in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest grow healthier and happier.