Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
An integral part of Central Presbyterian Church is its relationship with its ministry partner, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Established in 1903, PCHAS programs have evolved over the years to meet the ever changing needs of children and families. Originally established as an orphanage in Itasca, it now offers seven core programs and annually serves 2,800 children and families throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
In the early 1960’s PCHAS opened a Group Home Campus in Waxahachie. For years, members of Central Presbyterian Church have been very active as staff, volunteers, mentors and supporters.
In 2012, the Waxahachie Campus opened a Single Parent Family Program to serve seven single parents and their children. PCHAS’ goal is to give these single parents a chance to become strong and self-sufficient without constantly fearing for their and their children’s survival and safety. The single parent families are able to stay 12-18 months while they work towards achieving personal goals, including self-sufficiency. To help the single parents, which now includes single mothers and single fathers, the program provides employment assistance, individual counseling, case management and therapy, money management, life skills training, parenting classes and more.
Some CPC members have completed steps to become Authorized Volunteers and are able to work very closely with the clients on the Waxahachie campus.
In the summer of 2017, PCHAS decided to consolidate its Group Home Program onto its Itasca campus. At the same time, PCHAS asked CPC if the group home children in Itasca, which now includes the former group home children from Waxahachie, could all attend Sunday worship at CPC. CPC has fully embraced this opportunity and, in addition to welcoming the group home children on Sunday mornings, has also volunteered to lead children’s worship/activities once a month on the Itasca campus. This means even more members of CPC will be invited to serve as Authorized Volunteers of PCHAS and be able to enjoy deeper friendships with their children and staff.
The children of God served by PCHAS – kids, youth, single mothers and fathers, staff and administrators – are a vital part of the CPC family. As we minister to one another, we grow together in Christ!
*Join the CPC Worship and Activity Team Serving PCHAS’ Itasca Group Home Children
Join us on the second Wednesday evening of each month as we provide worship and activities for the children living on the Itasca Group Home campus. Our visit will provide us with quality time together, prayer and teaching, and fun activities. Please call CPC member Letitia Rutan at (210) 601-5496 to learn more.
*Become A Mentor
If you are interested in working one on one with a child served by PCHAS, helping them with homework, and coping with the challenges of daily life, please contact Jennifer Quintero-Pitts, Coordinator of Volunteers by phone at (210) 548-2114 or by email at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Provide a Meal
This is a great opportunity to get to know the single parents, their children and staff living on the Waxahachie Campus. The Campus also provides housing for older youth who are transitioning from foster care or group home care to independent living. Providing a meal usually involves 2-4 people able to prepare a meal for 8 people. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jennifer Quintero-Pitts, Coordinator of Volunteers by phone at (210) 548-2114 or by email at Jennifer.email@example.com.
*Become A Transportation Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to provide transportation for the single parents living on the Waxahachie campus. Volunteers must complete the required paperwork to be Authorized Volunteers. For more information about this volunteer opportunity or to discuss other ways you can help the children and families served by PCHAS, please contact Jennifer Quintero-Pitts, Coordinator of Volunteers by phone at (210) 548-2114 or by email at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time Employment Opportunities:
*Become A Tutor!
Nationwide, less than 70% of the children in foster care finish high school and less than 3 percent earn a bachelor’s degree. Because of the trauma they’ve experienced, it is common for them to fall behind their peers in school, sometimes three or four years behind.
There is a pressing need for paid tutors to help Group Home children, as well as children living with single parents in Waxahachie, not only master basic educational skills, but also more advanced and specialized subjects such as geometry and chemistry.
To learn more, please contact Jennifer Quintero-Pitts, Coordinator of Volunteers by phone at (210) 548-2114 or by email at Jennifer.email@example.com
To learn more about PCHAS and their programs in Texas and Louisiana, please click here to visit their web site