Poem by Ann Weems

Greenless Child by Ann Weems I watched her go uncelebrated into the second grade, A greenless child, Gray among the orange and yellow, Attached too much to corners and to other people’s sunshine. She colors the rainbow brown And leaves balloons unopened in their packages. Oh, who will touch this greenless child? Who will plant (Read More…)

Facing Challenges in Parenting

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. At PCHAS we acknowledge this universal and indisputable truth. From colic to college (and even beyond), no job is more consuming or thankless. All the books and all the grandmotherly advice do not prepare anyone adequately. What is rarely acknowledged is that parents experience transitions, too, as (Read More…)

Finding Hope at 19

 For most of her childhood, Lena wanted to die. As the eldest child in her family, she received the brunt of emotional and physical abuse from her mother. “The older I got,” Lena explains, “the meaner my mother got. She was aggressive towards me both physically and mentally. Then when I was 13, she stood by (Read More…)

Small Changes, Big Results

Clarita came to us feeling very stressed. “I was thinking bills, bills, bills, do this, do that,” she shared. “I was always on edge. On top of that, both of my girls were struggling in school and I didn’t know how to help them.” Clarita felt she was copying bad habits from her own upbringing, (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…)

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

Youth Opportunities Program Along with the State of Missouri, we recognize and value 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, (Read More…)

Children Can Recover From Trauma (video)

A baby born with addiction. A middle-schooler headed for Juvenile Detention. A teenager aging out of foster care. How do children recover from trauma? Our 2016 video introduces these and other children who have survived devastating losses. This heartwarming three-minute preview tells their success stories. The full-length video, 11 minutes, is available upon request for group presentations.

Therapeutic Mentoring Cultivates Breakthroughs

by Therapeutic Mentor David Hermanson “I first met with Peter about one year ago. He was a 17-year-old young man living with his mother and father. When I walked into their house for the first time and sat down with Peter and his mother, he seemed very nervous and was rocking back and forth.  His mother told (Read More…)

Why We Give – David and Joan Marshall

As Presbyterian ministers, David and Joan Marshall were no strangers to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, and our mission to serve children and families in need. They shared the passion of former Executive Director Jim Thurman for helping children, and their personal connection with the agency deepened as a result. Over the last 16 years, the (Read More…)

You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Many of us like to shop online, and when it comes to online shopping, Amazon.com has cornered the market. That’s why we became part of their Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile was created so that online shoppers like you would have the chance to donate a portion of your total sale cost to your favorite (Read More…)