Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services (PCHAS) recently hosted its first work-day of 2019 in Itasca, Texas. These hands-on volunteer opportunities typically include clean-up and repair, really a bit of whatever’s needed, on the PCHAS campus.

Grace Presbytery had several groups representing six of our churches at the March work-day. They were:

    • Canyon Creek Presbyterian, Richardson
    • First Presbyterian, Grapevine
    • Preston Hollow Presbyterian, Dallas
    • St. Philip Presbyterian, Hurst
    • United Presbyterian, Cleburne
    • Westminster Presbyterian, Arlington


 Fred Rodriguez, longtime member at United Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Cleburne and PCHAS ambassador, shared a little background with us about how the church has been involved over the years and continues to support initiatives in the Itasca and Waxahachie communities. 

“At the most recent work-day UPC volunteers participated by serving lunch to residents and guests.  Our volunteers set the serving table with sandwiches and condiments, as well as the second table with various choices of drinks and desserts.  Afterwards, we cleaned the dining and kitchen area.”

Fred’s recollection of the partnership dates back to the 1970s. “UPC has been supporting PCHAS for many, many years in a variety of ways, including help with school supplies, bicycles, and clothing and blanket drives.”

“Many of our church members were in attendance at the completion of improvements on the gym, swimming pool, tennis court, and parking area and also the ground breaking day for the new children’s home in Itasca.”

Volunteers from United Presbyterian have supported the 2017 and 2018 PCHAS triathlons, and teamed up with St. Andrews Presbyterian Church to help with the Open House for single families on the Waxahachie campus last year.

“We’re looking forward to attending the PCHAS luncheon in May, and our volunteers will be at the next work day on May 18. Lord willing, we’ll be available for events in the fall, too.”

If your church is interested in volunteering for an upcoming work-day, there are dates available in May, September and October.

You can contact James Wilcox with questions.