Why I Volunteer – Lynn Parsons

  How did you hear about PCHAS and how did you get involved? I first heard about PCHAS through a mailing I received. I remember being struck by PCHAS, an organization that acts as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. I hoped that I could contribute to PCHAS in some way in the future. (Read More…)

Award-Winning PCHAS Volunteer Arlene Hamilton Brings Nutrition Classes to the Waxahachie Single Parent Family Program

One of the main objectives of the PCHAS Single Parent Family Program is to not only give the single mothers and children who enter the program a place to live, but to also give them the support and the resources they need to move forward in life. PCHAS volunteer Arlene Hamilton is helping the moms (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Ann Walden

Ann Walden Farmer’s Branch, Texas How did you first hear about Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS)? When I was Vice-President of the Presbyterian Women’s Group at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Farmer’s Branch, we invited Tom Anthony, a PCHAS Development Officer in our region, to speak at our annual PW Retreat. We had made (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Judy Braselton, Corpus Christi Ambassador

How did you hear about PCHAS and how did you get involved? I heard of PCHAS through church activities and newsletter articles and because a PCHAS social worker has an office in our church.  I learned more when I served on my church’s “Church in Society” committee, which studies various mission projects in which church (Read More…)

Caring Congregation: Island Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi Q&A with Pastor Rick Mills

Q: How does your church serve this ministry and in what capacity? A: We have been fortunate to host children from Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ group homes during Vacation Bible School (VBS) for many years. The children from PCHAS, who are mostly teenagers, teach the younger kids.  The kids from PCHAS bring energy and (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Marcy Metzler

One of the biggest challenges for volunteers who want to work directly with the children and youth living in PCHAS’ Group Homes is simply making a one-on-one connection with them.  This takes time, consistency and perseverance.  One new PCHAS Group Home volunteer, Marcy Metzler, thinks she might have found a new tool for making that (Read More…)

Bill Abbott

It was nearly three years ago when Bill Abbott first became familiar with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ programs. When a staff member informed his church of the need for adult mentors for the children in our care, he responded by signing himself up as a volunteer in our Group Homes, offering young people advice (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Linda Denbow

As a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services volunteer, Linda Denbow, who was once a school counselor, advises single parents and shares techniques that will help them address their children’s behavioral issues at home. She donates her time to the Child Enrichment Program classes—designed for five-year-olds—at Westminster Presbyterian Church School in Corsicana, Texas. Each child compiles (Read More…)

Joy Smith

Joy Smith has found her calling. She has been a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services volunteer in San Antonio for 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. She’s found her calling. Her dedication to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services stems partly from her belief that we provide a much-needed safety net for children (Read More…)