Brackets for Good: Get in the Game

Last year Brackets for Good raised $206,000 just for nonprofit agencies in the greater St. Louis area. This fast-paced game combines the competition of the NCAA basketball bracket with the speed of social media and the desire to do something good for your community. Of course, being a state-wide agency, PCHAS uses donations across Missouri. (Read More…)

Managing Medicine for Foster Kids

Shania has a food allergy that affects her school performance, but it has not been diagnosed. Dante needs glasses, but nobody knows that. Both children are in the foster care system and, unfortunately, have fallen behind in their medical check-ups. When Dante moved in with his foster family, he changed schools, and missed a routine (Read More…)

Be a Sweetheart

Teen Finds Forever Home

Reggie was four years old when the police removed him from his birth family. Because his mother was mentally ill and physically abusive, and his father was using drugs, Reggie entered the foster care system. For five years, as he moved between foster homes, he showed signs of developmental delays and a learning disability. He  was (Read More…)

Volunteers Keep Costs Down

There is never a dull moment for the PCHAS Maintenance Team. With program locations in five cities and residential services in three of them, the team keeps busy with inspections, preventive maintenance and repairs. The team consists of Barb Heider, Office and Property Manager in St. Louis; Ron Rau, Maintenance Worker for the St. Louis (Read More…)

Poem by Ann Weems

Greenless Child by Ann Weems I watched her go uncelebrated into the second grade, A greenless child, Gray among the orange and yellow, Attached too much to corners and to other people’s sunshine. She colors the rainbow brown And leaves balloons unopened in their packages. Oh, who will touch this greenless child? Who will plant (Read More…)

Facing Challenges in Parenting

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. At PCHAS we acknowledge this universal and indisputable truth. From colic to college (and even beyond), no job is more consuming or thankless. All the books and all the grandmotherly advice do not prepare anyone adequately. What is rarely acknowledged is that parents experience transitions, too, as (Read More…)

Finding Hope at 19

 For most of her childhood, Lena wanted to die. As the eldest child in her family, she received the brunt of emotional and physical abuse from her mother. “The older I got,” Lena explains, “the meaner my mother got. She was aggressive towards me both physically and mentally. Then when I was 13, she stood by (Read More…)

Small Changes, Big Results

Clarita came to us feeling very stressed. “I was thinking bills, bills, bills, do this, do that,” she shared. “I was always on edge. On top of that, both of my girls were struggling in school and I didn’t know how to help them.” Clarita felt she was copying bad habits from her own upbringing, (Read More…)

Springfield Donor Cares for Children

There is a funding gap in caring for Children. Government funding and donations contribute toward the bare necessities for any child. Caring donors have a large impact on filling in the funding gap. Where we can, we also try to furnish non-essentials that will help a child feel loved and cared for. But often this (Read More…)