Why I Give: Lawson Calhoun


Q: How did you first become involved with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services? A: I first learned of PCHAS through Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church, when the congregation provided special offerings to the children’s home. I became more acquainted with the organization professionally when I worked with Executive Director Harold Showalter on a couple of committees. (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Marcia Speiser


Q: How did you learn about Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services? A: My oldest memory of PCHAS was as a very young child about 70 years ago! I remember giving and wrapping gifts and placing them under a Christmas tree at Richmond Height Presbyterian Church in Richmond Height, MO on many Christmas Eves during the (Read More…)

The Ultimate Win-Win: Help Children and Earn Tax Credits

Youth Opportunities Program

Youth Opportunities Program We—and the State of Missouri—recognize the importance of caring for children and families in need. Through the unique Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, individual and corporate donors with Missouri tax liability may receive tax credits for donations to organizations, like ours, that provide positive youth (Read More…)

Back to School with Backpacks and BBQ


The girls of Ashley House, PCHAS’ Springfield based transitional living program, are going back to school this month. To kick off the school year, the girls, along with staff, donors and volunteers, celebrated with our annual “Backpacks and BBQ” event. New backpacks filled with supplies for the school year were donated by the Sunrise Rotary (Read More…)

Mary’s Story: Ashley House Client Speaker Receives Standing Ovation


At a PCHAS luncheon in Springfield, Mary, an 18-year-old client from Ashley House, a PCHAS transitional living program, shared her story and received a standing ovation from the 100 people in attendance. Here is Mary’s story in her own words: When I was growing up I never thought this is where I would be: 18 (Read More…)