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…)

Giving Thanks

Meet Michael, a young man aging out of foster care. Like many of the teenaged girls at Ashley House and Raleigh House, he is in a Transitional Living program, finishing high school and preparing for college. Despite the difficulties he has faced, Michael keeps an attitude of gratitude: http://missouri.pchas.org/thanksgiving-video-2016/

Contribute

To a New Year of Hope Give a foster child a New Year of Hope this holiday season. Your gift will provide a safe place to heal as well as services to overcome trauma and thrive. Make a secure gift online here or click on the image above.  

Events

Thanks to all who attended our Hope for the Children luncheons in 2016. We could not have done it without all the volunteers who helped with set-up and clean-up. Special thanks go to the companies and individuals who made leadership gifts. Your generosity means that all gifts from these events go directly to our services. Dates (Read More…)

Children Can Recover From Trauma

A baby born with addiction. A middle-schooler headed for Juvenile Detention. A teenager aging out of foster care. How do children recover from trauma? Our 2016 video introduces these and other children who have survived devastating losses. This heartwarming three-minute preview tells their success stories. The full-length video, 11 minutes, is available upon request for group presentations.