Why We Give: Ron and Jo Ann Mills

Mills web crop

How did you learn about PCHAS?

Seven years ago, we were going through some trying times with our teenage daughter. A friend of ours from Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney (TPC) suggested that we contact PCHAS for advice. We were cordially invited to the Waxahachie campus for an evaluation of our daughter and a tour of the Group Homes. We learned that PCHAS’ Group Homes was not a good fit for our family, but we were very impressed with the work that was being done in the Group Homes. We began supporting this wonderful program and we were soon invited to become PCHAS Ambassadors. We gladly accepted!

How long have you been serving this ministry and in what capacities (volunteering, monetary donations, etc.)?

We have been supporters for seven years and Ambassadors for six years. Serving as Ambassadors (we are liaisons between PCHAS and Trinity Presbyterian Church), we have seen the congregation shower support on PCHAS, especially the foster care program. The men’s group from TPC provides meals for the foster parents and their children four times a year during mandatory trainings at PCHAS called Super Saturdays. In addition, each year our golf tournament raises thousands of dollars for the foster care program. The church missions committee leads a school supply and book drive every August. This has been very beneficial for the PCHAS programs.

What makes you passionate about PCHAS?

The children. They are truly God’s blessings and too many times they face big challenges. Without the love and guidance of organizations like PCHAS, these children would be lost. PCHAS gives them hope for a better future and supports them so that they may achieve their dreams.

Of other charities and organizations that you are associated with, is there anything about Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services that sets it apart or holds a special place in your heart?

The two things that impressed us the most were the Group Homes and PCHAS’ support of, and the additional training for, foster parents. We’ve seen first-hand the special attention and love that the children (and foster parents) receive.

Any additional comments you’d like to share about yourself or Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services?

It has been an honor to be involved with this organization and we look forward to many more years of service. PCHAS is definitely doing God’s work and we feel that by contributing, we are doing God’s work too.