Learning to Love Together

In June, the Springfield News-Leader featured the Transitional Living program on its front page. 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…)

New Fact Sheet as of July, 2017

Read all about it! Click here to download our new fact sheet about PCHAS programs, accomplishments and budget. On the back are Frequently Asked Questions.

Teens Inspire Others

Inspire (verb): 1. to breathe in  2. to motivate or encourage In June, a youth group from Covenant Presbyterian of Wichita, Kansas visited the Transitional Living program in Columbia, Missouri. The high school students spent two hours talking about the agency’s mission, how to prevent child abuse and how to help children who have been traumatized. What (Read More…)

Child Abuse Awareness Month

Give STL Day is May 11

Last year GiveSTLday raised more than $2 million for local nonprofit agencies. This year, throughout the 24-hour period of giving, sponsors will give prizes for ‘most donations in an hour’ and ‘greatest number of unique donors this hour.’  The online event starts promptly at 12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11 and closes at midnight. It is all managed by the Greater St. (Read More…)

Shifting Gears

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for many teenagers, a major step toward self-sufficiency. The girls at Ashley House, our Transitional Living program in Springfield, are as eager as any teenager to reach this milestone. When all ten residents wanted to take the written test for a driving permit, the staff recommended forming a (Read More…)

Children and Resilience

by Richard Wooldridge, Therapeutic Mentor Recently I read an article, Eight Things to Remember about Child Development. It was published by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and addressed resiliency in the face of adversity. I kept thinking of one particular child, Paco, who was eight when we met. Paco’s father abruptly disappeared from (Read More…)

Diana’s Story

Adoption specialists speak of two traumas faced by most children in foster care, the first trauma of losing a parent(s) and the second of losing a sibling. Diana suffered both of these traumas at the age of eight. Today she is 17 and resides at PCHAS’s Transitional Living home in Columbia. She gives us a (Read More…)

Hidden Figures

You may have seen or heard about Hidden Figures, the movie. A hidden figure in Missouri’s history is Margaret Leggat Butler. As a wealthy widow, Mrs. Butler funded the orphanage that became the Farmington Children’s Home. She was not a mother, but she provided a home for children who were orphaned or abandoned. At one time there (Read More…)

Thanks for playing Brackets for Good

Thank you to everyone who “got in the game” between February 24 and March 3, 2017. Because you contributed $4,915 during this year’s Brackets for Good tournament, PCHAS came in second out of 64 agencies in our region! Unfortunately, being second, we did not advance to the next round of this national competition. Still, we saved money (Read More…)