Faces of Providence

This page seeks to recognize and honor some of those who are the reason behind our mission of Enriching Life Through the Gifts of Speech and Hearing.

 

Providence Supporter, UPS

United Parcel Service (UPS) is well known for its worldwide shipping and logistics services. But did you know that they are also very active in the communities they serve? Globally, UPS employees give back to their neighbors through volunteer hours as well as charitable giving via The UPS Foundation. In fact, last year alone, UPS and its employees, both active and retired, invested nearly $117 million in philanthropic giving around the world. Local UPS employees have been donating their time to Providence Speech and Hearing Center for nearly four years now. Their volunteer projects have included: renovating the Providence Preschool garden, administrative assistance, and fundraising event support. Most recently, UPS employees volunteered a combined total of 352 hours for our 33rd Annual Golf Classic, which was held on Monday, June 5. "We are so grateful to the UPS team of volunteers for their incredible support of Providence and being an integral part of our golf tournament again this year! The professionalism and pride of ownership you bring to our events--and the organization overall--are unparalleled," said Linda H. Smith, Providence CEO. In addition, Providence recently received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to support our Low Income Subsidy Program, which helps further our mission of Enriching Life Through the Gifts of Speech and Hearing. Through this program, we are able to provide critical speech, language, and hearing services, as well as hearing aids, to patients from low-income families. Providence extends our most sincere thanks to our Hear-O friends at UPS for their remarkable investment in the work we are doing! Providence was founded by the community for the community. We rely on continued support from the community in order to serve all those who need us and to keep our commitment to not turn anyone away - ever. If you or your company would like to discuss ways you can get involved to become a Hear-O too, contact us today!

Providence Patient, Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a bright and sweet 5-year-old girl who has been coming to Providence for feeding therapy with our occupational therapist, Dyanne. Elizabeth has had several medical complications throughout her life and has endured seven heart surgeries. As a result, she has been fed through a gastrostomy tube (or "g-tube") most of her life. When she came to Providence in December 2016, her only oral food intake was purees and thick liquids. Can you imagine your 5-year-old child not being able to eat solid foods? Many people don't realize that our Occupational Therapy (OT) program includes specialty feeding and swallowing therapy. At first, Elizabeth was very timid and did not want to eat at all. But now, after four short months, thanks to Dyanne's patience and encouragement and Elizabeth's mom's delicious home-cooked meals, Elizabeth made tremendous progress! She is eating everything--from soups and soft vegetables to meats and whole fruits. And she has "graduated" from the program! We are very proud of Elizabeth and the hard work she has put forth. We have loved watching her personality bloom during her time at Providence, and we have no doubt that she is well on her way to catching up with her peers in all aspects of her life. Keep up the great work, Elizabeth! The month of April is nationally recognized as Occupational Therapy Month, a special opportunity to educate the public about OT and to recognize those in the profession. At Providence, our pediatric OT services help children with disabilities and/or developmental delays to participate fully in school and social situations. Please join us in thanking our team of Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) for their incredible work helping our patients live life to the fullest every day! Want to help enable more Hear-O success stories like Elizabeth's? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Providence Patient, Christy

At almost 3 years of age, Christy comes to Providence for both speech and occupational therapy, and she has started making tremendous progress. By the time most children are 3, they are walking, talking and feeding themselves, but due to her complex medical history, that is not the case for Christy. Christy was born with several medical challenges, including Down syndrome and gastro-intestinal abnormalities that have made her dependent on a gastrostomy tube (or "g-tube") for feeding all of her life, but she doesn't let anything slow her down! Once each week, she comes in for individual speech therapy. She is working on following directions, looking or pointing at objects when they are named and vocalizing. She makes progress every day. Her occupational therapy is a bit more intensive so she comes in twice a week. Her main goals are focused on improving gross motor skills, walking, and learning to eat and swallow food. She navigates her way through our occupational therapy gym without assistance. She is also learning to chew and swallow soft foods, and she recently started drinking water from a cup--this is a huge accomplishment. Christy is full of personality and spunk! She isn't letting anything slow her down, and we can't wait to see her continued gains. Because of our unique, multidisciplinary approach, people of all ages and walks of life have come to count on Providence. Every single patient we see has a story. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Christy and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Providence Patient, Ray

Ray is 45 years old and has a chronic seizure disorder, which has caused both apraxia of speech (the motor planning aspect of speaking) and aphasia (finding the right word to express). He has been coming to Providence since February 2016 and working with his current Speech-Language Pathologist, Jessica, since September. For Ray and people with apraxia of speech, every aspect of saying a word must be specifically planned, and in many instances, one or more of the steps don't happen or happen incorrectly. For example, when he wants to say "water", he might only be able to make the sound "wah..." or worse: he can't remember what shape to make with his mouth to produce the word. So Jessica works with Ray to have him practice repeating a series of regular sentences that he uses in his day-to-day communication. Over the past few months, Ray has made tremendous progress in this area. His routine speech is becoming much easier to understand. In addition to apraxia of speech, Ray also has aphasia. He often struggles to find the correct word he wants to say. The time and energy it takes for him to figure out the right word can take time and be frustrating. For this, Jessica uses fill-in-the-blank exercises using definitions, adjectives and opposites. About Ray, Jessica said, "He is the sweetest, most good-hearted person I have met. He loves his family, lights up whenever we talk about them, enjoys spending time with his job coach and is making the most out of his life. He is such a gem!" Outside of Providence, Ray lives in a home with support and works at Albertsons with the help of his job coach. He practices his sentences on his own time and looks forward to coming to speech to show Jessica how hard he has been working! People of all ages and walks of life have come to count on Providence. Every single patient we see has a story. Every circumstance is unique. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Ray and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Providence Patients, Monica and Leo

Meet Monica, and her adorable son, Leo. Monica was born with severe bilateral microtia--meaning that, before she was born, most of her external ears did not form. As a young child, she came to Providence Speech and Hearing Center (Providence) and was fit with a BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid), which helps carry external sounds into the inner ear through bone conduction in the skull. As Monica aged, so did her hearing aid. As an adult, she continually had to send out her old BAHA to be repaired because it would abruptly stop working, but she was unable to afford a newer, more technologically-advanced replacement. Without her BAHA, she was nearly deaf--and at risk of losing her job as a preschool teacher. In addition, Monica was a new mom and often unable to hear her son, Leo, who was also born with microtia, though not as severe as her own. She was scared and frustrated...but then she remembered Providence. Monica came back to Providence, told us her story and asked for help. Thanks to our donors, we were able to help her afford a brand new BAHA, which has made an enormous difference for her. She hadn't realized just how much she was missing. In fact, she recently heard rain for the first time...and loved it! Leo was also fit with bilateral BAHAs at Providence. The world of sound is now wide open to both of them. In Monica's own words: "I used to be a patient of Providence until I was 21 years old. I loved the help, understanding and the comfort that this place gave me. It made [me] feel really special and I am forever thankful that all these people from Providence became like my family. This is one of the reasons I am bringing my son here because I know he is in good hands and they would take really good care of him like they did with me." With our 52 years of unique, multidisciplinary service excellence in helping the speech and hearing impaired of southern California, we are now treating second and third generation patients. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Monica, Leo and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

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