Our Stories

Camp P.L.A.Y.

Like most of the other kids in the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center, Kelton takes her nutrition via a feeding tube to her stomach. She can't eat the classic summertime treat of a roasted marshmallow.

What Kelton can do, with a hand from her volunteer buddy, is stretch that marshmallow stick out over the flame. She can see the white turn golden, hear her companions' delight, smell the sweet aroma, and squish her fingers into the glorious gooeyness of the toasted result.

Respite care at Providence Child Center gives families under stress the gift of rejuvenation.

The Herold family's photo album tells the story: Wide-eyed Cameron sharing a joyous moment, smile to snout, with a dolphin. Grinning, suntanned parents and brothers, heads bobbing in the azure waters of a swimming pool.

Meet Joslyn

Learn how Joslyn experiences the joys of childhood at Providence Child Center.

Refreshing waters embrace medically fragile children

In the turquoise realm of the swimming pool, hands clenched by cerebral palsy relax and open up to new sensations as warm water is poured over them. Smiles open wide, too, on the faces of medically fragile children as their adult companions glide them in circles or whoosh them upward with a splash.