Class of 2017: Zack

Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates! What year/grade did you come into care with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS)? 5th grade; 10 years old What are your plans after graduation? I plan to attend Texas State Technical College in Waco. Are you currently employed or were you employed in the past? If so, (Read More…)

5 Reasons to Participate in Your Local Giving Day

Online “giving days” are days that are set aside to raise money for nonprofits. Have you ever heard of Amplify Austin or East Texas Giving Day? They are just a few of the giving days that Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) participates in across Texas, and more are coming up soon: Texoma Giving Day (Read More…)

PCHAS’ Education Program: Opening Doors for Group Home Residents

When children come into Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ (PCHAS) care, most have been traumatized from emotional or physical abuse at home. If they have also been moved from foster home to foster home, they might have switched schools a number of times. All of this puts them at a serious disadvantage when it comes (Read More…)

Program Update from PCHAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ (PCHAS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously on April 8, 2017 to make the following changes: The historic children’s agency will consolidate its Group Home Program onto its Itasca campus, increasing the number of Itasca group homes from four to six. One of the group homes will be reserved (Read More…)

Second Chances for PCHAS Clients

When Jesus told Zacchaeus the tax collector that he wished to stay at his house, Jesus gave him a second chance. At Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), we seek to follow Jesus’ example by serving children and families with Christ-centered care, which includes giving others a second chance when they need it most. Like (Read More…)

Painting with a Purpose

“Yes, we’ll do it!,”  said Faith Presbyterian (Aledo, Texas) Associate Pastor, Elizabeth Boulware Landes, when I suggested that some volunteers from Faith Presbyterian might want to help out with some painting on PCHAS’ Single Parent Family Program campus. “The entire outside of the building?” I asked. “Yes, we’ll do it! We want to be able (Read More…)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Keep the Pinwheels Spinning!

In 1982 President Ronald Reagan invited government agencies and communities to observe the first child abuse prevention week. April was declared Child Abuse Prevention Month and has been observed every year since.  More recently, blue pinwheels have become the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Shining in the sun, the pinwheels represent a bright future (Read More…)

Staff Profile: Cyndi Fuller

Seven years ago, Cyndi Fuller began volunteering at PCHAS when she was a social work student as an intern in the intake department. She never dreamed that one day she would work as PCHAS’ Single Parent Family Coordinator in Waxahachie, a job that she dearly loves. She is extremely passionate about PCHAS’ Single Parent Family (Read More…)

Why Give During Amplify Austin?

Calling all friends of PCHAS in the Austin area! It’s that time of year again: Amplify Austin. Maybe you’ve heard the name before, but you’re not sure what it’s all about. What is Amplify Austin? Amplify Austin is the annual community-wide day of online giving. The goal is to connect local donors with Austin area (Read More…)

PCHAS Home Parents: Meet Bill and Arlissa Schober

When Arlissa Schober first mentioned becoming PCHAS Home Parents to her husband Bill, he looked at her, as she recalls, like she was crazy. But she knew he’d make a great Home Parent, and she eventually convinced him to visit PCHAS’ Waxahachie campus. A visit to the breathtaking campus was all it took for Arlissa (Read More…)