Sara Newell, Senior Development Officer

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Staff Profile: Sara Newell, Senior Development Officer We asked Sara Newell, our new Senior Development Officer, to introduce herself and here’s her lively response: “Hello! I am the new Senior Development Officer for the Dallas and East Texas Region, the region formerly served by Steve Hurst, who has retired.  I have the privilege of serving (Read More…)

Foster Care – Meet Sarah


Sarah is 17 years old and heading to college. Typical?  Not at all. Why? Sarah has been in the foster care system since she was three years old.  During this time, she was bounced from one foster home to another. Sarah has been in more than 12 homes during her young life. Research shows that each time (Read More…)

Samuel Smith, Senior Development Officer

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Staff Profile: Samuel Smith, Senior Development Officer for Fort Worth and West Texas Samuel Smith has joined Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) as Senior Development Officer for Fort Worth and West Texas. Before joining the PCHAS staff, Samuel worked with a variety of Christian ministries that address the needs of children and adults struggling (Read More…)

Child and Family – Meet Ben and Amy


While many of the children are referred to PCHAS Group Homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, private placements are still a priority, and make up the majority of the children in our Group Homes. Here’s a story about a girl placed into our care by her grandfather. A grandfather, Ben was raising (Read More…)

Lindsay Sloan, Intern and Freelance Writer

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Staff Profile: Lindsay Sloan, Intern and Part-time Freelance Writer During the past three years, PCHAS’ Communications team, part of the Development Department, has “hosted” many interns – most are students from the University of Texas’ Moody School of Communications; others are recent graduates of the University of Texas. It’s a win-win situation. PCHAS benefits by (Read More…)

Why We Give: Ron and Jo Ann Mills

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How did you learn about PCHAS? Seven years ago, we were going through some trying times with our teenage daughter. A friend of ours from Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney (TPC) suggested that we contact PCHAS for advice. We were cordially invited to the Waxahachie campus for an evaluation of our daughter and a tour (Read More…)

Education – Meet Joe Rosales


When he was twelve years old, Joe Rosales’ parents sought rehabilitation for their drug use and placed Joe in a PCHAS Group Home. “PCHAS took me off the streets and helped me move away from the difficult life I could have had,” said Joe. “When I first came to the Group Home, it was very (Read More…)

Shirley Anthony, Educational Coordinator

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For the past three years, Shirley Anthony has served as PCHAS’ Educational Coordinator on the Itasca and Waxahachie Group Home campuses. In this role, she has made a lasting impact on the lives of countless children. She gives each individual child what he or she needs to be successful in school, and makes sure they (Read More…)

Q & A with Elyse Inman, Intake Specialist, Clinical Services Team

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  Q: What is your role and how long have you worked for PCHAS? A: I have been with PCHAS since 2011, when I started as an intern on the Clinical Services team. Now I’m an Intake Specialist on the Clinical Services Team.   Q: What does an Intake Specialist do? A: We are on (Read More…)

Following God’s Plan

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PCHAS Group Home Parents Adopt Children from Group Homes   When PCHAS decided to repurpose its Group Homes in San Antonio, the Group Home parents there wondered what would become of a sibling group that they had been caring for at the homes. Joyce and Raul Fuentes, who had been PCHAS Group Home parents in (Read More…)