Our foundational belief is that all people are created in God’s image and, therefore, are valuable and full of potential. As a result:
- We honor the sacredness of life.
- We see the dignity of every person and serve with love, compassion, and hope.
- We seek just solutions that free, heal, and restore those who are hurting.
- We recognize that families are diverse, yet fundamental to personal well-being and to healthy and prosperous communities.
Inevitably, however, life was changing significantly. Abortions and easy access to birth control meant that young women had more control over their lives – and their pregnancies. The trend toward open adoption made ongoing relationships between birth mothers and adoptive parents a reality. These and other social changes meant far less stigma about pregnancies outside marriage. The drastic drop in birth mothers – to less than a third of the number just a few years earlier – left the dormitories languishing unoccupied, and forced reconsideration of the organization’s purpose.
Thousands of students have now graduated from Providence Place’s Disability Services, Oasis Home and Legacy and the large majority hold paying jobs, maintain a home of their own and, in some cases, have married. The stories they tell about their struggle to achieve a basic level of independence are intensely moving.
“Providence Place circa 1967”
We are a refuge for women who have survived horrific trauma through our My Mariposa Home, which provides solace and allows the women to regain their dignity. We also serve as an education center where young parents can learn life skills so that they and their children may thrive through our Parenting with a Purpose program.”