Providence House began in 1988 when two members of First Presbyterian Church, Mary Anne Selber and Jean Sayres, recognized a need for shelter services for homeless families with children. Originally named Evergreen House and operated by the Salvation Army, the organization served as a temporary shelter until 1992 when it became evident there was a greater 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 needs of homeless families and the greater community.