David’s and Jamie’s Story

When David was 12 years old, he and his eight-year-old sister, Jamie, were removed from their home by Child Protective Services and placed in a temporary shelter. Wise beyond their years, David and Jamie knew deep-down that the shelter was a safer place to live than with their parents, who were dealing drugs out of (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…)

Education – Meet Joe Rosales

When he was twelve years old, Joe Rosales’ parents sought rehabilitation for their drug use and placed Joe in a PCHAS Group Home. “PCHAS took me off the streets and helped me move away from the difficult life I could have had,” said Joe. “When I first came to the Group Home, it was very (Read More…)

Help Children Make Good Choices: Parenting Tips from PCHAS’ Scott Waller

PCHAS will be hosting its first ever Parenting Education Seminar on Sept. 20th! Six prominent PCHAS specialists will discuss topics ranging from foster care to practical parenting tips. We asked keynote speaker Scott Waller to give us a sneak peak of what he will be talking about on the big day, see what he had (Read More…)

Thankful for PCHAS, Former Group Home Resident Shows Gratitude​

PCHAS often receives handwritten thank-you notes from children in our care or children who have “aged-out”. We recently received a letter from Jessica Venegas. Jessica grew up at our group home campus in Waxahachie and recently graduated from Navarro College with an Associate degree in science. She now plans to continue her education by obtaining (Read More…)

PCHAS Staff Profile – Gayle Jordan

PCHAS Staff Profile – Gayle Jordan, Advanced Education Coordinator by Jared Scott Tesler and Margaret Barry When Gayle Jordan was 14 years old, her mother, who was single and working two jobs, made a very difficult call to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) in Itasca.  She had decided that though she tried her best (Read More…)

A Place Called Home: PCHAS Guest Houses Open for Visitors and College Students

PCHAS is excited to be able to provide short-term housing in guest houses on both our Waxahachie and Itasca campuses. The recently-opened Guest House on the Waxahachie Group Home campus provides housing for previous PCHAS Group Home residents who are 18 years or older and are currently active in our Advanced Education Program. Once accepted through (Read More…)

Preston Hollow Supports PCHAS Graduates

Ann Simmons, a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, said it all began with a casual conversation with Ralph Kopplin, a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services Ambassador, before worship one Sunday morning. “Ralph and I were talking, and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) came up in the conversation. We agreed to work (Read More…)

Congratulations Graduates!

PCHAS is proud to celebrate the graduation of the high school seniors from the Austin, San Antonio and Waxahachie Group Homes. All eleven of these young men and women will head off to study at various colleges in the fall. While some are still exploring majors and career paths, other PCHAS grads have already selected (Read More…)