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Living the Mission: How People of Providence Are Making a Difference in Our Community

Published June 23, 2014

As People of Providence, we believe that our mission is to live out our core values in all areas of our lives. From big things to small things, we have the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others. This Living the Mission series will highlight some of our caregivers who go above and beyond to show compassion and respect to members of our community not only within our walls but also beyond them.

This month we would like to honor two caregivers for their extraordinary support and contribution to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. As the manager of our Children’s Center, Christie Tipton sees firsthand the difference a helping hand can make for the tiniest of tots. However, what she and Dr. Stanford Wright, one of our neurosurgeons, did goes beyond anything in their job descriptions.

After talking with a mother of one of her students from the Children’s Center, Tipton felt compelled to help make an eight-year-old’s dream come true--little Jocelin wanted to dance. However, after her family spent months searching for a dance academy that could help her, they came up empty-handed. As a result of Jocelin's special needs stemming from head trauma, she would require special care through dance instruction, but the family wasn't going to allow that to stop them from helping her fulfill a very special dream--and neither were Tipton or Dr. Wright.

Together, they recruited a choreographer from New York who would coach Jocelin at a local dance studio owned by Dr. Wright's wife, Olga Foraponova. Seeing how magical the experience was for Jocelin, Tipton and Dr. Wright wanted to see more children get involved. Since 2012, six more kids have joined Jocelin in this adventure, and last year, Dr. Wright flew each child and one parent down to California with an all expense-paid trip to perform at the Autumn Dance Competition in San Francisco. Other Providence members have even donated their time and become dance partners as well, participating in a dance recital each winter to raise funds to support future dance events. 

We want to extend a special thank you to these caregivers for giving of their time, talent and treasure in a very personal way to help make a difference in our communities. If you or someone you know has done something wonderful for the community, please share the story with us!