We are proud of our history of partnership with our community.
The story of Providence Place goes back to 1895 when brothel owner, Madame Volino, experiencing an epiphany, transformed her house of ill repute into the San Antonio Rescue Mission. There, she cared for young women faced with the shame of having a baby out of wedlock, and helped place their babies for adoption with loving families.
In the 1970s, as the stigma decreased, and likewise, our adoptions, we saw a way to use our 25-acre campus to provide much-needed training for young adults who were deaf. Soon, this work included young adults with disabilities and, since 1974, thousands of young people have graduated with the life, work and social skills – and most of all confidence – to live independently. Methodist Mission Home, as it was known for many years, was a pioneer of open adoption in Texas and made older-child and international adoptions available, as well as, more recently embryo adoption.
Many of our adopted children have stayed in contact with Providence Place over the years and several have been active members of our board.
Today, our campus is also home to a growing group of nonprofits sharing resources and expertise, in a vibrant community offering broad opportunity and collaboration.