Joan Salvant – The Artist Behind PCHAS Paintings

If you have visited PCHAS’ Central Office in Austin, you have no doubt seen the 15 beautiful water color paintings of PCHAS’ campuses in Waxahachie and Itasca. The paintings hold a place of honor in PCHAS’ main conference room. What you may not know is that the artist who created them, Joan Salvant, is a seventh-generation Presbyterian (Read More…)

A PCHAS Love Story – Joe and Elenor

The children within PCHAS’s Group Homes tend to become friends, comforting each other and fostering growth until it is their time to venture out into the world. The year is 1959 and PCHAS Itasca Group Home residents Darlene Hood and Elenor Yaughn just graduated from high school and did just that. They ventured out into (Read More…)

A Special Thank You to Our Donors

We thank you for your donation at Christmas time and throughout the year! While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in (Read More…)

It’s Time to Act!

It’s Time to Act! You May Now Donate IRA Funds Tax Free! On December 18th, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH). The bill includes a number of provisions that are favorable for philanthropy and charitable giving. The new law permanently allows IRA owners age 70½ and older to (Read More…)

PCHAS Receives a Generous Challenge Grant

PCHAS Receives $100,000 Thanks to Generous Challenge Grant Thanks in part to a $50,000 challenge grant by an anonymous donor Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services received $100,000 for the agency’s programs in Corpus Christi: Child and Family (a unique family preservation program) and Next Steps (a program that serves struggling veterans and young adults who (Read More…)

Why I Give: Jill Foote

How did you hear about PCHAS? My aunt and uncles, when they were children, received excellent care at the Itasca Group Home. Before he passed away at the age of 94, my uncle celebrated being the oldest former Itasca resident. What stands out most to me is the tremendous love and care that my aunt (Read More…)

Communicating God’s Love

Christina, an eleven-year-old removed from abusive parents and placed in the care of PCHAS, recently asked one of her group home parents if she could hold an envelope that had arrived in the mail. Her group home parent said, “of course,” and asked Christina if she was expecting something in the day’s mail. After a (Read More…)

Adoption – Meet the Van Roo Family

“Several years ago, my husband and I adopted two boys through PCHAS foster-to-adopt program. Through this program, we opened up our home and hearts to two adorable, rambunctious, fun-loving boys, Nathan and Joshua, as foster parents. After some time, the biological parents’ parental rights were taken away and we finalized the adoption. Our family was (Read More…)

Carissa’s Adoption Story

In honor of National Adoption Month, we are re-publishing a blog post written by Carissa Cassatt, a PCHAS adoptive parent. No one ever said life was easy. Well, that might be true, but with God by our side, our journey through the adoption process has turned out perfectly for our family. Before we married, my (Read More…)

Our First “Family Day”

For national adoption month, PCHAS is celebrating the many adoptions facilitated by PCHAS. Check out this blog post by Hannah, who adopted two children through PCHAS: On August 1st of this year, my family celebrated our first anniversary. A year before, my husband and I stood in court with our twin babies, and a judge (Read More…)