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

Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) The State of Missouri values caring for children and families in need. It offers tax credits to encourage citizens to do so, as well. The new cycle of these tax credits goes into effect July 1, 2017. Through the unique Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, individual and (Read More…)

Springfield Donor Cares for Children

There is a funding gap in caring for Children. Government funding and donations contribute toward the bare necessities for any child. Caring donors have a large impact on filling in the funding gap. Where we can, we also try to furnish non-essentials that will help a child feel loved and cared for. But often this (Read More…)

Fright Night Fundraiser Benefits PCHAS’ Ashley House

Ashley House Advisory Board hosts Annual Fright Night fundraiser benefiting Ashley House of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) of Missouri. The event will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Savoy Ballroom on Commercial Street (C-Street) in downtown Springfield. From 8p.m. to 11p.m., guests enjoy live music by Studio 54, food, drinks, raffle (Read More…)

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 Heights Presbyterian Church in Richmond Heights, MO on many Christmas Eve nights during (Read More…)

Why I Love Being a Therapeutic Mentor

Everyone needs guidance to grow to their fullest potential and for many children, that someone is missing in their lives. Our Therapeutic Mentors work with children who have suffered from abuse or neglect and lack the emotional support and encouragement necessary for them to succeed. One of these mentors is David Hermanson. He has shared (Read More…)

PCHAS Celebrates 100 Years of Service with Reunion

Join Former Farmington Children’s Homes Residents for a Fun-filled Weekend PCHAS of Missouri is celebrating an important birthday this year – 100 years of service to children and families! As part of a year-long centennial celebration, we are having a reunion of former residents and staff of PCHAS of Missouri’s Farmington Children’s Home. The festivities (Read More…)

Rotary Unites for Campus Beautification Day at Ashley House

Recently, the girls of Ashley House, PCHAS’ Springfield-based Transitional Living program, teamed up with Sunrise Rotary and Springfield Catholic Rotary Interact for an Ashley House campus beautification work day. The campus beautification day also included gardening. The Rotarians and the girls built a vegetable garden which the girls will use to plant and grow their (Read More…)

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…)

PCHAS of Missouri Finds Creative Ways to Help Children Heal from Sexual Abuse

How do you help an eight-year-old heal from sexual abuse? Processing feelings related to trauma is very challenging for anyone, but when it’s a child who has been abused, it is especially challenging, says PCHAS of Missouri Family Solutions for Kids Case Therapist Sara Bobbitt. Sara helps children who have been sexually abused tell their (Read More…)