This year, around the country, homes have been destroyed by hurricanes, floods and wildfires. Through no fault of their own, many children and families face trauma.  We find ourselves grateful for the essentials: a roof over our heads and people who love us. These are the same essentials PCHAS provides for children who have suffered (Read More…)

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Healing Body and Soul

Jackie had been a good student and outgoing. By 5th grade, though, raising her hand at school was not an option anymore. She feared someone would see the bruises. In the 6th grade, her grades declined so much that a teacher, Mr. Spalding, worried about her. “Jackie avoids speaking in front of the class,” he (Read More…)

A Taste of Childhood

Children in residential treatment have been through the trauma of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Although they are treated by staff who are compassionate and patient, they long to feel “normal.” For these reasons, the Residential Treatment Center in Farmington established a Boy Scouts of America troop about a year ago. Case manager Jonathan Thomasson assists (Read More…)

Board President Retiring Dec. 31

Dr. Ed Knight, president and CEO of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas and Louisiana, will retire at the end of 2017. Dr. Knight has served PCHAS of Texas and Louisiana for 30 years and the past 20 years as president and CEO.  For the past five years, he has also served as president (Read More…)

Therapeutic Mentoring Scores a Home Run

Simone Zachary, like all our Therapeutic Mentors, looks for strengths in the children she serves. One of her mentees, Channelle, loves playing softball. Zachary enrolled her in the Redbird Rookies—a children’s program of the St. Louis Cardinals. It allows children to play sports at no cost and attend activities such as a health fair, a (Read More…)

Thanks for participating!

We appreciate the support of all who attended our Hope for the Children luncheons in September and October. For information about how you can be involved in next year’s events, please call (314) 989-9727  or write debra.paulus@pchas.org  

Presbyterian Agencies Approve Intent to Merge

Friday, August 25, 2017 – St. Louis, MO and Austin, TX  – Upon the recommendation of a Joint Trustee Committee, the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri (PCHAS MO) and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas and Louisiana (PCHAS TX/LA) have approved their intent to merge effective January 1, (Read More…)

Children Can Recover From Trauma (video)

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.

A Visit from a Senator

  Missouri State Senator Jill Schupp visited the PCHAS administration office on August 14, 2017 to discuss issues of mental health, foster care, and families in crisis. She was interested in our residential treatment for children who have survived trauma as well as our community-based programs to sustain families and help children thrive. She met (Read More…)

Learning to Love Together

The Springfield News-Leader featured the Transitional Living program on its front page last June. The story begins with the residents’ new project involving rescue dogs and expands to other aspects. Writer Linda Leicht included girls at Ashley House, staff, volunteers and  perspectives from other non-profit organizations in the community, too. Read the entire article here: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2017/06/25/learning-love-together/409591001/ and forward the (Read More…)