Joy Smith

Joy Smith

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 18 and over—after they have “aged out” of the foster care system. A mother of two grown children, Joy knows first-hand the importance of providing this safety net.

“We cannot abandon 18-year-olds. Their brains are not fully formed at that age. They still need guidance and support from loving adults. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is the only agency that I know of that serves this demographic.”

In the 1990s, Joy became a single mother; a disability forced her to retire; she had trouble making ends meet. She was at the end of her rope. But the congregation of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in San Antonio came to her aid. “My church family kept me together body and soul; they gave me emotional and financial support, and they did this quietly—in a way that allowed me to keep my dignity,” she said.
This experience of falling on hard times and being lifted up by her church family helped Joy relate to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services clients, many of whom struggle with similar issues. It also made her appreciate the way that we treat our clients—with respect.
She believes she was put on this earth for a reason, and wishes God would tell her what he wants her to do with her life. “I wish God could send me a telegram. But he can’t, so I go with my gut,” she says with a laugh. “But I do know one thing: when you see the face of a child, you see the face of God. I am honored to serve this ministry that does so much for children and families.”