Capital Gifts

North Texas Capital Project – 2017

Expanding Single Parent Family Services

This summer, the Single Parent Family Program on our Waxahachie campus will expand from serving 7 single parents and their 15 children to 14 single parents and their 34 children. We are also adding a new component to the Single Parent Family Program, called Career Advancement, to further assist parents in achieving their career goals. In total, we will operate, as of August 2017, twenty-five Single Parent Family homes in Houston, San Antonio, and Waxahachie.

On our Itasca Campus, we’re making renovations to expand the number of group homes there from 4 to 6, allowing us to care for 34 children rather than 24.  These children will receive Christ-centered care in the form of a safe loving home in which to live, meals and snacks to keep them healthy, counseling to help them heal emotionally and mentoring to assist their academic growth.

We invite your individual, church, or organization’s gift towards our goal of $300,000. Please call 1.800.888.1904 to speak with one of our development representatives.

Capital Projects

These funds are needed to make several campus renovations. The following projects will now occur over the summer in preparation for August 1, the beginning of the new school year.

  • Itasca Guest Home will be converted to the McMillan Group Home
  • Itasca Hunter Cottage will be converted to the Hunter Group Home, designed specifically for a sibling group of four.
  • Itasca Administrative Building will undergo adjustments to make room for new offices for Group Home staff relocating from Waxahachie.
  • Waxahachie Group Home 101, 102, 103, and 104 will be converted to duplexes, each will become two three-bedroom/two bath homes for two single parent families.
  • Three apartment units currently being used by Waxahachie group home parents will be converted to apartments for single parents and their children.
  • Current staff in Waxahachie with offices not located in the Administrative Office will either be relocated to it or the Learning Center.
  • Waxahachie Staff moving to the Itasca Campus will have their personal possessions moved at PCHAS cost.
  • Enhancements will be made to the Waxahachie gymnasium and activity rooms to prepare them for conference rooms and training centers.

Background Information

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) operates three Single Parent Family (SPF) Program locations in Texas. This request focuses on our North Texas location in Waxahachie. We designed the Waxahachie Single Parent Family Program to help North Texas single mothers and fathers become stronger by increasing their self-sufficiency. These families may otherwise face homelessness due to poverty, abuse, divorce, incarceration, abandonment, violence, or another crisis. Many have low or moderate incomes and need help securing a job or education. Families in the program live in an apartment or duplex home and normally stay 9 to 15 months. If necessary, families can stay longer than 15 months, depending upon their progress and unique circumstances. The SPF Program coordinators help families set goals for themselves. Families are asked what they want to be different. These goals address basic needs including physical, emotional, social, educational, spiritual, and financial concerns. All program services focus on the goal of self-sufficiency for parents and stability for children.  

While in the program, parents learn how to improve their budgeting, parenting, and job search skills. They also learn about community resources they may not have realized they are eligible to receive. Additionally, parents we serve improve their education and career opportunities to increase their income; move past former cycles of abuse; become self-empowered, self-sufficient, and confident; and develop a network of support and guidance. Children receive a safe, secure, and stable place to live, along with continued access to education and counseling. Families graduate from the program once they meet their self-sufficiency goals—for many parents this means finding a sustainable job or securing a college degree or vocational license. Additionally, all families graduate from the program with some savings. Overall, our program breaks the cycle of poverty and homelessness. To measure each family’s progress, we have program goals and measurement markers (such as the Arizona Self-Sufficiency Matrix, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, Parental Stress Scale, and Satisfaction Survey) in place.

Unlike other Texas programs, which typically restrict such services to parents age 18-25, our SPF Program serves parents of all ages. Through a major collaboration with Texas Christian University, we utilize Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) tools in our services. These tools are designed to help parents raising children, who have experienced trauma, reach their full potential. TBRI® tools allow us to provide the children with the best care possible. Additionally, a major element of our SPF Program is that we provide wraparound services—by engaging all internal and external resources needed for our clients’ care. When individuals set goals within our program, we examine what they hope to achieve and then do everything in our power to help them achieve their goals.

 

The need is urgent and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families in need is before us; so join us today! To support our Christ-centered ministries that serve over 2,800 children and families each year, please contact our development office at 800.888.1904.