Your Church Can Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life


Lucy, a 13-year-old girl who simply refused to go to school, said going to school was miserable because the kids picked on her. It was true — the kids made fun of Lucy all the time. Lucy’s mother’s untreated mental illness made life very difficult for Lucy and her four younger siblings. When the school (Read More…)

In Memoriam James Winston Thurman 1943-2014

Our dear friend and respected colleague, Jim Thurman, President Emeritus of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri, passed away on January 25 after a long fight with melanoma. As President Emeritus, Jim worked tirelessly with the PCHAS development staff to raise much-needed funds to help children and families in need. Prior to retiring in (Read More…)

Children in PCHAS’ Care Give Back to the Community Through Volunteering


Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” At PCHAS of Missouri, we are teaching the children in our care the joys of volunteerism. When children in foster care receive help from the community, they learn that they are loved by others. Volunteering (Read More…)

Mission Union Presbytery Sends PCHAS Kids to Camp


Thanks to the generosity of Mission Union Presbytery, the staff and residents of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Residential Treatment program in Columbia enjoyed a few days at the Presbytery’s Covenant Point Camp and Retreat Center, located in the wooded hills of Callaway County in Missouri. The 160-acre campground offered lots of opportunities for the (Read More…)

PCHAS Ashley House Advisory Board’s Sponsors Purse Party for Ashley House Girls


The Springfield-based Advisory Board for Ashley House sponsored a white elephant purse exchange for the Ashley House girls. Ashley House is PCHAS’ transitional living program. It helps girls ages 16 – 21 before and after they have “aged out” of the foster care system. Some girls who have spent time in the foster care system (Read More…)