The main focus of Providence Place is to address the needs of runaway and homeless girls aged 12-17 and their families in Mohave County and its surrounding rural communities. The program is built on the principles of positive youth development, emphasizing the strength of each individual and family unit served. Providence Place will be located in Bullhead City, AZ and offers temporary shelter for runaway, homeless or in crisis female youth aged 12-17. The center currently has five (5) beds available for emergency shelter. Providence Place also will reach youth through several outreach activities throughout the year.
In addition to safe temporary shelter, youth at Providence Place participate in Botvin’s Lifeskills, case management and counselling services. Youth who participate see, on average, a 28% increase in refusal and delay skills to refuse alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.The goal of this program is to develop their life skills so they may become productive, positive community members. Funding for lifeskills, case management and counseling is from the Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith and Family as made available by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Title II formula grant.
“Providence Place provides a safe environment for youth to regroup and chart a new course in their life utilizing the resources available to them through our collaborations with community partners. That's the idea of the name, "Providence Place". Providence means timely preparation for future eventualities. Our goal is to place them in a safe, stable living environment,” explains Kelly Tanner, Program Director of Providence Place.
Many youth in Mohave County struggle with not only peer pressure, but the effects of increased family conflict, domestic violence and alcohol/substance abuse. Providence Place works with youth and their caregivers to create an individualized life plan to either reunite youth with their families or another trusted adult. Components of the plan may include personal goals, counseling, job skills, drug and alcohol education and academics. Providence Place is funded through generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.