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…)

Exes Day: A PCHAS Family Reunion

Former PCHAS Group Homes residents have been reuniting every year since the 1960’s   Every summer, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Itasca campus, hosts a reunion for its former Group Home residents and staff. Every June, the celebration’s called “Exes Day,” which stands for ex-group home residents. This reunion gives former residents and staff a (Read More…)


Group Home Campus: Itasca College: The University of Texas, Arlington (after Hill College) Major: Kinesiology   Below is a questionnaire from recent High School Graduate Kat Perkins: How long have you been at PCHAS’ Group Homes? Since July 2013 Activities/extracurricular activities? Cross country, track, basketball, softball and band. I am part of a church youth (Read More…)


Group Home Campus: Itasca College: Trinity Valley Community College Major: Veterinary Medicine   Below is a questionnaire from recent High School Graduate Tiffany Yarber: When did you come into PCHAS’ care? November 2012 What are your plans after graduation? I would like to be a Veterinary Technician and work with large, small and exotic animals. (Read More…)

I Ran For PCHAS!

Set goals for yourself. That is what I have taught so many of my clients to do. I work with families in crisis, and creating mutually agreed-upon goals is a very important part of the process. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a goal of a lifetime for myself. I (Read More…)


  Shea Raftus will graduate in May from Stephen F. Austin University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is an avid sports fan and LOVES to talk about sports, and cheering for his favorite teams. Shea hosted the KSAU radio sports show for three semesters during the school year. He also was a (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…)

More than 80 Attend Graduation Party for Group Home Resident, Luis West!

More than 80 people attended a graduation party for Luis West, who has lived in PCHAS’ Group Home in San Antonio for the past three years. Luis graduated from high school, where he earned the distinction of A-B Honor Roll! He will attend Navarro College in the fall, where he will complete his general studies (Read More…)

Former Foster Care Child on Path to Succeed as ATEC Student

Article from UT Dallas News Center: March 19, 2014 Tiffany Sweet is not one to let a difficult past define her. For someone raised in the state foster care system, it might seem insurmountable to tackle a degree program at an academically rigorous university like UT Dallas. But Sweet is well on her way, maintaining (Read More…)

Linda’s Story

Ten-month-old Linda came to her foster parents, Luke and Amanda, as an “emergency placement” from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Luke and Amanda were shocked when they met Linda for the first time. Linda was de-toxing from drugs in her system and was suffering from a series of medical problems, including yellowing (Read More…)