A Life-Changing Call

When Maryann Shackelford answered a phone call from her cousin, she had no idea that her life—and her family— were about to change forever. Maryann’s cousin said a little girl had been dropped off at her house and wanted to know if she could stay with Maryann and her husband, Chris. The little girl’s biological (Read More…)

An Unexpected Family

Grady Gay was four months old when he met his mom and dad. Foster parents Chris and Danielle Gay had not planned to adopt. “It’s hard to explain how we knew he was the one even though we didn’t know we were going to adopt,” says Chris. While they were making their way through the (Read More…)

Becoming A Forever Family

When Alfredo and Monica were unable to have children, they weren’t sure what was next. Monica’s mother suggested they learn about adoption. “I was scared at first,” says Monica. The couple didn’t personally know anyone who had adopted. But after they researched, read adoption books and attended adoption support groups through PCHAS, Alfredo and Monica (Read More…)

The Making of a Family: The Urquharts

Zach and Whitney Urquhart always knew they wanted to adopt. They even talked about it while they were dating. So when the couple had trouble getting pregnant they knew it was a sign. Though they had a daughter, Pearson, the desire to love more children was strong. Then, after starting the adoption process, Whitney got (Read More…)

Helping Women Seeking Refuge: Mari Molina

All kinds of women come to the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) campus in San Antonio seeking refuge. No one knows that better than Mari Molina, PCHAS’ single parent family and transitional living program coordinator in San Antonio. Mari works with single mothers and their children and young women needing a place to stay (Read More…)

PCHAS Opens Campus Homes for Harvey Evacuees

As the winds of Hurricane Harvey began to batter the Texas coastline on August 25, few residents of the region could have imagined the destruction those gusts would leave behind. Evacuees and displaced survivors of the storm sought refuge with family, friends, and in shelters. But for residents of group homes, finding  a place that (Read More…)

PCHAS President Ed Knight Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On September 6th, PCHAS President Dr. Ed Knight was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Coalition of Residential Excellence (CORE) at their annual meeting in Tampa, Florida. Throughout his long career, Knight has exemplified the PCHAS philosophy of care by ensuring family-centered, strength-focused, and goal-driven services for children are the focus of all (Read More…)

Bike 1K For PCHAS: Jared Schreher

Jared Schreher fell in love with cycling in 1986 after he watched the Tour de France. “My very first ride was only six miles, and I was sore for days,” said Jared. By 1989, he was racing both road and mountain bikes in upstate New York. Racing and riding throughout the years lead him to (Read More…)

Bike 1K For PCHAS: David Brenner

 David Brenner began riding in 2016. His father had recently passed away due to complications from alcholism, and he wanted to keep his body in good working condition. Over time, biking became more to him than the health benefits. He’s discovered that biking gives him space to think about things not only going on in (Read More…)

Bike 1K For PCHAS: Rick Presser

In a creek bed south of Quanah, Texas in the middle of the night in 2015, Rick Presser prayed. He was alone and about 500 miles into a 1000 mile bike race and he was struggling. He was riding through the night because of the scorching heat during the day. The little voice in his (Read More…)