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…)

David Gibson, Special Advisor to PCHAS Program Staff

David Gibson and Pie

David Gibson, the newly-named part-time Special Advisor to PCHAS program staff, has a long history with PCHAS. He has served PCHAS in a variety of roles, his most recent being Vice President for Community Services. In that role, David traveled throughout Texas and Louisiana meeting with the 22 PCHAS social workers in 17 cities. Since (Read More…)

PCHAS Staff Run for a reason!

Houston Marathon Laura

Ten years. 16,500 miles. 40 pairs of shoes. Red blisters, blue toenails and too much sweat. I ran my first race in middle school, chasing that swinging brown braid on the girl running in front of me; never quite close enough to catch up; never quite meeting that goal. My senior year of high school (Read More…)

Exes Day: A PCHAS Family Reunion

Itasca Exes Day 2014

Former PCHAS Group Homes residents have been reuniting every year since the 1960’s   Every summer, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Itasca campus, hosts a reunion for its former Group Home residents and staff. Every June, the celebration’s called “Exes Day,” which stands for ex-group home residents. This reunion gives former residents and staff a (Read More…)


Spring 2015 Graduates Kat

Group Home Campus: Itasca College: The University of Texas, Arlington (after Hill College) Major: Kinesiology   Below is a questionnaire from recent High School Graduate Kat Perkins: How long have you been at PCHAS’ Group Homes? Since July 2013 Activities/extracurricular activities? Cross country, track, basketball, softball and band. I am part of a church youth (Read More…)

PCHAS Celebrates Foster Care Awareness Month

Foster Care Website Banner Collage

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and all month long, PCHAS staff have been spreading the word about foster care services and the need for more foster and adoptive parents. We also have been sharing insight into the challenges that foster children face. Most children in foster care must overcome overwhelming odds to find (Read More…)

Manning the Marathon Gatorade and Water Stations

Houston Marathon Donna

The first time I attended the Houston Marathon was five years ago.  I was and still am the marathon’s Charity Administrator for PCHAS, one of the marathon’s Preferred Charities. At the time, I didn’t know very much about the race; I had not met the many supporters who run for PCHAS and raise money. After (Read More…)


Spring 2015 Graduates Tiffany

Group Home Campus: Itasca College: Trinity Valley Community College Major: Veterinary Medicine   Below is a questionnaire from recent High School Graduate Tiffany Yarber: When did you come into PCHAS’ care? November 2012 What are your plans after graduation? I would like to be a Veterinary Technician and work with large, small and exotic animals. (Read More…)

I Ran For PCHAS!

Houston Marathon Shavana

Set goals for yourself. That is what I have taught so many of my clients to do. I work with families in crisis, and creating mutually agreed-upon goals is a very important part of the process. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a goal of a lifetime for myself. I (Read More…)


Spring 2015 Graduates Shea

  Shea Raftus will graduate in May from Stephen F. Austin University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is an avid sports fan and LOVES to talk about sports, and cheering for his favorite teams. Shea hosted the KSAU radio sports show for three semesters during the school year. He also was a (Read More…)