Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been helping struggling children and families since 1914. Our programs make a real difference in people’s lives, whether they’re struggling with poverty or mental illness, abuse or neglect, we are there to help. We give kids a safe, loving place to heal and to grow when their families can’t provide that. And we can offer extra support that helps families weather trouble together.
Since the agency’s beginning as an orphanage in Farmington, Missouri, it has grown into a state-wide organization offering a continuum of care that includes residential treatment, counseling, mentoring, education, and intensive in-home care for families in crisis. Our programs serve more than 2,200 children and families each year. We believe it’s our responsibility to help, especially the children. It is also our privilege to care for them as Christ would.
Sadly, more than 35 percent of PCHAS’ clients were victims of sexual abuse before they came into our care, and 30 percent enter the agency’s programs with a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse.
For many of these children, we are their only hope
Tragically, trauma too often consumes people’s lives, especially in childhood. It can tear them down socially, educationally and spiritually. Most of the children in our residential treatment centers are severely emotionally disturbed. For many of these children, we are their only hope, as there are very few centers that are equipped to care for them. We give these deserving children the treatment they need to transform their lives.
We believe that God has a special plan for each child, and we do everything in our power to help them discover God’s love.