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…)

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 a 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…)

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…)