Archives for June 2013

Presbyterian Agencies Form Network to Collectively Serve 6,700 At-Risk Children and Families

Austin, Texas—February 26, 2013—Austin-based nonprofit agency Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) and St. Louis-based Children’s Foundation of Mid-America (CFMA) today announced the formation of a network serving at-risk children and families. The purpose of the affiliation is to improve services for clients of both agencies by enhancing internal systems, allocating scarce resources more efficiently (Read More…)

Lucy’s Story

A juvenile probation officer reached out to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services for help with a 13-year-old girl, Lucy, who simply refused to go to school. Lucy said going to school was miserable because the kids picked on her. The probation officer, whose daughter went to school with Lucy, said it was true—the kids made (Read More…)

Congratulations Graduates!

PCHAS is proud to celebrate the graduation of the high school seniors from the Austin, San Antonio and Waxahachie Group Homes. All eleven of these young men and women will head off to study at various colleges in the fall. While some are still exploring majors and career paths, other PCHAS grads have already selected (Read More…)

Bradley Home House Blessing

In March, PCHAS held a ribbon cutting and House Blessing ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Bradley Home, a new Group Home for children on the Itasca campus. The new home is named after the project’s chief contributor, Billye Bradley. Other donors to the home are honored by plaques throughout the house. “We are (Read More…)

PROFILE: Pam Crawford, Child and Family Program Supervisor

Perhaps the more difficult moments in our lives carry enough weight to propel us toward a better version of ourselves: to rise above pain, push social limits and advocate for others out of deep compassion that can only come from true empathy. For Pam Crawford (Baylor University, Master of Social Work ’03), it wasn’t schoolyard (Read More…)

Bill Abbott

It was nearly three years ago when Bill Abbott first became familiar with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ programs. When a staff member informed his church of the need for adult mentors for the children in our care, he responded by signing himself up as a volunteer in our Group Homes, offering young people advice (Read More…)

Polly and Phil Diebel

Polly’s mother, Pauline Grant, was a long-time supporter of PCHAS during her lifetime. When Polly was a child, her family hosted two girls from the Itasca campus in their home, and this was the beginning of her interest and relationship with PCHAS that has grown over the years. As an adult, she became familiar with (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Linda Denbow

As a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services volunteer, Linda Denbow, who was once a school counselor, advises single parents and shares techniques that will help them address their children’s behavioral issues at home. She donates her time to the Child Enrichment Program classes—designed for five-year-olds—at Westminster Presbyterian Church School in Corsicana, Texas. Each child compiles (Read More…)

Why I Give: Lelah Walker

Lelah Walker’s parents were each the first born to parents who worked farms in rural Alabama. Her parents married and settled down to make their future in the same manner, but things changed when a local banker offered her father a scholarship to attend college. During those college years, her mother returned to the country (Read More…)

Joy Smith

Joy Smith has found her calling. She has been a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services volunteer in San Antonio for 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. She’s found her calling. Her dedication to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services stems partly from her belief that we provide a much-needed safety net for children (Read More…)