Investing in Children

January 01, 2013

Your gifts to the Providence Foundations help the youngest among us.

If you have ever partnered with a Providence Foundation, you have invested in your community. More specifically, you may have invested in a child.

So many kids in our communities need help. And from mobile clinic care for uninsured kids to hospice for terminally ill infants and children, the Providence Foundations are providing it.

You are providing it.

Here is a snapshot of how your financial gifts to the Providence Foundations make a difference in the lives of children.

TrinityKids Care

TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare Hospice, is the largest provider of hospice care in Los Angeles and Orange counties for children and families faced with the realities of life-limiting illnesses. TKC is the only in-home service that has a dedicated pediatric team caring for these children. The team consists of a physician, nurses, social worker, nondenominational chaplain, aides and volunteers, providing 24-hour on-call nursing care. TKC’s team decreases the stress of life-threatening illness through massage, counseling, art and music therapy, and child life therapy in the home.

New legislation has expanded the service to include in-home palliative care for children still seeking cures and care coordination for chronically ill children.

Partners for Healthy Kids

In the South Bay, the Partners for Healthy Kids van is a mobile “doctor’s office” that provides free medical care to uninsured and underinsured children. It is just one of Providence Little Company of Mary’s community outreach programs.

“Last year we provided care to 3,600 kids,” says Jim Tehan, senior director of community partnerships for Providence Health & Services, Southern California.

About 60 percent of that was for immunizations, with the balance going to treat everyday cuts and bruises and chronic care management.

School Nurse Program

In the San Fernando Valley, an outbreak of whooping cough prompted our School Nurse Program to provide free vaccinations to children.

“If children are your passion, if you are looking for fiscally sound organizations that are making a difference, the Providence Foundations are part of the solution,” says Barbara Roberts, executive director of Providence TrinityCare Foundation.

“Whether it’s keeping kids healthy, making them healthy or helping them manage a life-threatening illness, philanthropy is the bridge that makes this happen,” Roberts says. “It’s community support that allows us to care for children who otherwise might not be cared for.”