A Passion for Education

By Cynthia Hartman and Margaret Barry PCHAS Director of Education Virginia Knight is passionate about education. Her mother was a civil engineer in Mesquite, Texas at a time when female engineers were scarce; Virginia had a great role model growing up. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in education. (Read More…)

Graduation 2016

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance Proverbs 21:5 Ryan was in second grade when his mother died. A middle child in a large sibling group overcome with sadness and uncertainty, Ryan could have been overlooked. He could have been separated from his siblings and left alone with his fears and devastating loss. (Read More…)

Lakeview Presbyterian Church Volunteers Sowing Seeds of Hope for PCHAS Client

Lakeview Presbyterian Church Volunteers Sowing Seeds of Hope for PCHAS Client Spring is upon us, and members of the Lakeview Presbyterian Church of New Orleans are spreading seeds of hope for PCHAS clients Britney, a single mom, and Rocket, her two-year-old son. Last month, volunteers from Lakeview drove in a caravan to Britney’s home, where (Read More…)

Lisa Thrives

As an 11-year-old, Lisa was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend, and was removed from her home by Child Protective Services. She was placed in a foster home, but because she’d been cutting herself, her foster parents and the psychiatrist she was seeing at the time were concerned for her safety. Lisa was placed in (Read More…)

Creating a Forever Family

The day they adopted baby Joe was a day Mark and Melissa Buchanan and their daughter, Rachel, will never forget.  Mark and Melissa had been hoping to adopt a baby for some time, so when the phone rang and it was their PCHAS social worker, they held their breath. They had been waiting for a (Read More…)

Visiting with Edith “Deedy” Bennett

Rev. Peter D. Crouch, PCHAS Vice President for Development, recently enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Edith “Deedy” Bennett, the daughter of Rev. N.R. “Pop” Hawkins, who was President of Southwestern Presbyterian Orphanage and School in Itasca from 1936-1956 — affectionately known today as the PCHAS Group Home Campus in Itasca. Mrs. Bennett developed numerous friendships with (Read More…)

Meet Lauren

“I am a single mother who works hard to manage my depression and anxiety so that I can provide my children with the best life possible.  Recently, out of commitment to my healing and to the well-being of my children, I ended a relationship with my daughter’s father, who was abusive and violent. His abusive (Read More…)

A Second Chance

Jessica gets a second chance through our Transitional Living Program Jessica came to the PCHAS Transitional Living Program after many struggles. She began using street drugs at the age of 15. Her disruptive behavior resulted in Jessica being kicked off the school swim team and eventually out of her high school. As her drug use (Read More…)

Happy Easter

You will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. John 16:20 Four-year-old Hana, was neglected and undernourished before finding care in a PCHAS Foster Home. Hana, based on the trauma of neglect, was fearful that she would not have food to eat. Her foster parents recognized her physical needs for food and safety, (Read More…)

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who supported PCHAS during Amplify Austin! Together, we raised over $5,600 for children and families in need! Deborah Davis (gift in memory of Emma Overfelt) Lisa Maxwell (gift in honor of Margaret Barry) Gene Wright Elisa Lopez Kris Calder Madelyn Mitchell Christy Rome Mary Graf (gift in memory of Kenneth Graf) (Read More…)