Houston Marathon: Running in Support of PCHAS Children and Families

Becca Thompson, director of accounting for Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) says she’s not a runner. But last year, Becca decided to stand with PCHAS children and families by running in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on their behalf. “Running the half marathon seemed like a good challenge, and a good way to let (Read More…)

Thank you!

Thank you for supporting PCHAS during North Texas Giving Day! With your generous donations we raised over $31,200 for children and families in need! Thank you to all who gave, all who shared why they give to PCHAS on social media and those who came to our in person events. We are grateful for your (Read More…)

Ruth’s Story

We first met Ruth when she was at her wit’s end. Having raised her two boys into adulthood, she thought changing diapers, mixing formula and packing school luncheons were things of the past.  Then one day she learned that her eldest son and his wife could no longer care for their three children. At sixty-five (Read More…)

A Passion for Education

By Cynthia Hartman and Margaret Barry PCHAS Director of Education Virginia Knight is passionate about education. Her mother was a civil engineer in Mesquite, Texas at a time when female engineers were scarce; Virginia had a great role model growing up. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in education. (Read More…)

Lakeview Presbyterian Church Volunteers Sowing Seeds of Hope for PCHAS Client

Lakeview Presbyterian Church Volunteers Sowing Seeds of Hope for PCHAS Client Spring is upon us, and members of the Lakeview Presbyterian Church of New Orleans are spreading seeds of hope for PCHAS clients Britney, a single mom, and Rocket, her two-year-old son. Last month, volunteers from Lakeview drove in a caravan to Britney’s home, where (Read More…)

Lisa Thrives

As an 11-year-old, Lisa was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend, and was removed from her home by Child Protective Services. She was placed in a foster home, but because she’d been cutting herself, her foster parents and the psychiatrist she was seeing at the time were concerned for her safety. Lisa was placed in (Read More…)

Creating a Forever Family

The day they adopted baby Joe was a day Mark and Melissa Buchanan and their daughter, Rachel, will never forget.  Mark and Melissa had been hoping to adopt a baby for some time, so when the phone rang and it was their PCHAS social worker, they held their breath. They had been waiting for a (Read More…)

Visiting with Edith “Deedy” Bennett

Rev. Peter D. Crouch, PCHAS Vice President for Development, recently enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Edith “Deedy” Bennett, the daughter of Rev. N.R. “Pop” Hawkins, who was President of Southwestern Presbyterian Orphanage and School in Itasca from 1936-1956 — affectionately known today as the PCHAS Group Home Campus in Itasca. Mrs. Bennett developed numerous friendships with (Read More…)

Meet Lauren

“I am a single mother who works hard to manage my depression and anxiety so that I can provide my children with the best life possible.  Recently, out of commitment to my healing and to the well-being of my children, I ended a relationship with my daughter’s father, who was abusive and violent. His abusive (Read More…)

A Second Chance

Jessica gets a second chance through our Transitional Living Program Jessica came to the PCHAS Transitional Living Program after many struggles. She began using street drugs at the age of 15. Her disruptive behavior resulted in Jessica being kicked off the school swim team and eventually out of her high school. As her drug use (Read More…)