Providence Baptist Church Adult Daycare Center
"Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity." ~ 1 Timothy 5: 1-2 (ESV)
During the late 1980's, Rev. Marcus G. Wood, the third pastor of Providence, read an article in the Baltimore Sun about the need for adult day care services in west Baltimore and the possibility of the church filling this need. This ultimately led to the establishment in 1991 of the Providence Adult Day Care Center, Inc., a separate nonprofit 501 (c)(3) entity from the church with its own Board of Directors.
The construction of the Providence Adult Day Care Center was completed in November 1996 and the first participants were enrolled in June 1997. Equipped with a full health suite, this one million-dollar state-of-the-art center provided routine health services and social activities within a comfortable, home-like setting for the community's most treasured citizens, the elderly.
Seniors were provided breakfast, hot lunch, and a snack each day. In addition to the arts and crafts classes, sing-a-longs, and trips to fairs and shows, they received transportation to and from the center daily.
At one point, there were 71 participants enrolled in the center, many of whom were medically- and emotionally-vulnerable community members. They had lost family members and friends over the years and had very few support systems in place during the day. The Center provided them with a place to socialize and establish new relationships with their peers and have fun. Without the center, many of the seniors would spend the remainder of their years in closed, isolated environments.
The Center definitely had a positive impact on the senior population by providing a "community of caring." A Center participant once said, "This Center and the programs offered have given me a new lease on life. I look forward to getting up in the morning and coming."