Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) has answered the call to care for children and families in need for 115 years. Each year, PCHAS provides Christ-centered care to over 5,000 children and families in need. It is through the faithful support of individuals, congregations, and foundations, that they give these children the power to discover God’s special plan for their young lives.
The story below comes from foster parents who worked with PCHAS to change the life of their daughter:
Our daughter Keri came into our home when she was three years old and we were excited to be new foster parents. But it wasn’t always easy. We learned through doctor’s visits that Keri had trouble controlling her emotions, even at that very young age. She was also a victim of abuse and suffered from repeated traumatic experiences of food insecurity.
We were Keri’s foster parents for 12 years and did the best we could. My husband and I were at our wits’ end when we enrolled Keri (now age 15) into one of PCHAS’ residential programs, so that she could receive professional help for all of her struggles. I had tried enrolling Keri in other places, but after two weeks she would always cry and through tears of sadness beg me to bring her home. After living at PCHAS for two weeks, she called and to my surprise said, “I’m happy here and I want to stay.” She has lived at PCHAS for two years and now at the age of 17 will graduate from high school in the spring. I talk to Keri five minutes every day. You see, she doesn’t like long conversations, but she loves to have regular contact.
PCHAS works with each client to create a “Service Plan” but I think of it as the “PCHAS Success Plan” and I couldn’t be more appreciative. They have given Keri a chance to live a fulfilling life.
As a partner of PCHAS for over 50 years, TPF has collaborated with them to increase the number and impact of many success plans just like Keri’s. We are privileged to support their efforts to help people blossom where they might otherwise have lived a life of unfulfilled possibilities.