Archives for 2013

Living Water Capital Campaign Receives Grant from First Presbyterian Church of Houston

The First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a long-time supporter of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) has made a generous donation to PCHAS’ Living Water Capital Campaign. The Living Water Capital Campaign was launched by PCHAS in June, 2013 to raise funds to build and operate a residential campus for struggling single mothers and their (Read More…)

Meet Jessica Jurica — Volunteer Extraordinaire!

A new volunteer, Jessica Jurica, has made herself indispensable to one of PCHAS’ Waxahachie campus group homes. Here is her story: Jessica is a mother of a 10-year-old and has a full-time job. But because her work-at-home job gives her flexibility that many volunteers don’t have, she was able to stay with the girls at (Read More…)

Houston Single Parent Family Program Construction Update

By Rev. Peter D. Crouch PCHAS Vice President for Development It’s an exciting time at the site of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Single Parent Family program on the campus of St John’s Presbyterian Church in Houston!  Construction is moving right along and each day we get closer to our goal: giving struggling mothers a chance (Read More…)

Poverty Can Have a Profound Impact on the Brain

An October 28, 2013 blog post by Emily Badger published in explores ways that poverty taxes the brain. Badger says research shows that poverty shapes people in some surprising ways. “Poverty sucks up so much mental bandwidth – capacity spent wrestling with scarce resources, for example – that the poor have fewer cognitive resources (Read More…)

FaithPointe Fellowship Serves Thanksgiving Feast to Children in PCHAS’ Care

Red Oak’s FaithPointe Fellowship church served up a Thanksgiving style feast for Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services in Waxahachie. The feast served 100, including children, families, volunteers, and staff. The meal consisted of all the classic Thanksgiving favorites, along with many desserts. Pastor Caleb Knight of FaithPointe expressed his desire to serve the physical needs (Read More…)

Lessons in Gratitude

Former Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services client Lt. Col. Brenda Morgan gave an inspirational speech at a fundraising luncheon in San Antonio. Here is an abbreviated version of her talk. I moved to the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Itasca campus when I was ten years old. I lived there for nearly four years, then (Read More…)

Here’s an Idea for Your Church’s Giving Tree: Collect Gifts Designed to Encourage Family Interaction

PCHAS Child and Family Specialists in Corpus Christi have come up with a unique gift-giving program, one designed to encourage interaction between children and their parents. The program, designed by PCHAS Child and Family Specialists Carla Daniels and Courtney Alvarez in Corpus Christi, and operated as a partnership between two Corpus Christi churches, promotes gifts that (Read More…)

How to Encourage Charitable Giving in Your Children

A 2013 report conducted by the United Nations Foundation and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University explores ways to influence children to become future philanthropists. The report found that the best way to encourage philanthropy in your children is to talk to them about giving. According to the report, children whose parents talk to (Read More…)

Help Support PCHAS When You Shop at Kroger

Did you know that you can support Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services every time you shop at Kroger? Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program, which gives away a total of $1.5 million each year to local non-profit organizations! Here’s How it Works When you use your Kroger Plus Card, (Read More…)

Why I Give: Mary Orr

Q: How did you/your church originally learn about PCHAS? A: As a child growing up, my parents regularly supported Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, but it was just a name to me at the time. Then, about seven years ago, I met PCHAS Development Officer Signe Frederickson at a Presbytery meeting and I got more (Read More…)