Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services

HomeAid Houston and Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (PCHAS), recently announced their partnership to build four duplexes for single parents on property owned by St. John's Presbyterian Church in southwest Houston.

HomeAid Houston, sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), is a 501 c 3 charity that builds transitional housing for Houston's homeless. PCHAS, also a 501 c 3 charity, is a 109-year old ministry dedicated to providing Christ-centered programs throughout Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana.

The four duplex units that will house seven single parents, their children and a live-in social worker, are part of the PCHAS Single Parent Family Program that provides transitional housing and a warm, nurturing environment to help foster the growth and healing of single parent families. The homes are being built on St. John's Presbyterian Church property on West Bellfort adjacent to Meyerland. Ryland Homes will serve as the builder captain for the construction.

"HomeAid Houston is delighted to be part of this collaborative effort between Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, HomeAid and St. John's Presbyterian Church," said Mark Welch, president of HomeAid Houston. "PCHAS and St John's are both well-respected organizations. Both share HomeAid's vision to provide hope and caring to families struggling through difficult circumstances. We are looking forward to breaking ground in the coming months."

Referred by local churches and social service agencies, the future residents will be carefully screened. Participants must commit to a program that includes regular meetings with case managers, family therapy and faith development. Residents are also assisted with finding educational programs that will lead to employment.

This is the third Single Parent Family ministry that PCHAS has undertaken. PCHAS' other two Single Parent Family Program residences are located in Weatherford and Waxahachie.

"Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services is delighted to partner with HomeAid Houston and St. John's Presbyterian Church to provide these residences for single mothers and their children in Houston. We couldn't ask for better partners for this important ministry," said Ed Knight, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services president.

The new residences will address a serious need in the Houston area. Statistics show that nearly 25% (300,000) of the children in Harris County live in households below the poverty line. More than 44% of these children are under the age of five.