Our History

The history of Providence House and its service to the homeless began in 1988 when members from the First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, La. recognized a need for shelter services for the homeless. Originally named Evergreen House and operated by the Salvation Army, the organization served as a temporary shelter until 1992 when it became evident that there was a great need in Northwest Louisiana for transitional housing for families with children. The organization was then renamed Providence House and the mission evolved to provide long-term solutions to breaking the homeless cycle. The comprehensive support services were developed to help each family address the root causes that led them to homelessness and ultimately move them toward their highest level of self-sufficiency.

Providence House has continued to grow over the years in response to the residents’ and the greater community’s needs. In 2002, Providence House completed construction of an Education Center that now houses the Child Development Center, the Working to Learn GED program, and the computer lab. In 2004, we concluded a major renovation of the current housing facility, securing its use for homeless families for the next 20 years. In 2005 and 2006, Providence House stepped up to address the hurricane disaster in Louisiana by serving an additional 110 evacuee families. Also in that year, we built a 6500 sq. ft. Donation Center to store and manage donated furniture and household items that are given to the residents upon their transition back to community living.

Today, Providence House is the largest transitional shelter for homeless families with children in Louisiana, with the capacity to serve 90 families daily.

From 1992 to 2011, Providence House has served 10,736 homeless people in 3,273 families (that included 3,956 adults and 6,751 children) and has provided 992,743 nights of shelter.

Through our holistic approach to addressing our residents’ needs, we have succeeded in moving 354 families with children from homelessness to self-sufficient and independent living. Of those 354 families, a remarkable 90% are still living successfully in the community.

These accomplishments would not be possible without the support we receive from our community.



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Contact Us

The Providence House
814 Cotton Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Office Phone: 318-221-7887
Crisis Line: 318-226-5015