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Presbyterian Home For Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Family Counseling, Literacy

Mission: The Presbyterian Home for Children, recognizing the changing needs of children with their caregivers and young adults who are transitioning to adulthood, provides a faith based safe haven through programs which nurture, educate, and equip them to become the fully functioning persons who God created them to be.

Target demographics: At-risk and homeless children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 225 unduplicated individuals

Geographic areas served: Talladega and the State of Alabama and beyond

Programs: The Presbyterian Home for Children serves children, families, and young adults who seek healing and hope for the troubled experiences in their lives. PHFC is a shared ministry of Alabama's three Presbyteries: North Alabama Presbytery, Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, and Presbytery of South Alabama as well as Presbyterians from around the United States. Secure Dwellings provides transitional housing for homeless children and their female caregivers, providing a safe haven where the guardian can work on developing the educational, vocational, and social skills necessary to become self-sufficient. Services provided to residents include individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, independent living skills, and local transportation. Each family receives necessary food and clothing assistance until employment can be secured. Moderate Residential Care for teen girls who have been removed from their families due to being subject to extreme abuse or neglect. We help girls raise their level of self-esteem, improve decision making skills, and discover methods for building healthy relationships. A menu of restorative services tailored to meet each resident's needs from biological, emotional, and mental to educational, spiritual, and social. Transition to Adult Living serves young women in crisis who need encouragement and guidance to transition into successful, independent adulthood. Residents begin or return to college or vocational programs and attend independent living classes and counseling. The goal of the program is to educate, equip, and empower residents to become independent and successful. The Presbyterian Home for Children Education System provides an exceptional education to residents and day students through Ascension Leadership Academy (K-12). Many students arrive on campus behind in grade level due to chronic homelessness or abuse. Through individual educational plans, students are able to recover academically and thrive. Family Bridges is a family preservation or reunification program that works with families in need of intensive services including assistance with obtaining basic needs and training in subjects such as successful parenting, techniques and strategies for behavioral interventions, counseling, crisis intervention and other support aimed at the reunification, preservation or strengthening of the family. Supportive Housing fosters independence, especially in the areas of housing retention, vocational development, and employment to help break the cycle of homelessness experienced by many low-income and persons with disabilities. We are committed to working with tenants to provide a supportive environment with integrated human services.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Robyn Davis S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have interacted with the senior leadership of this terrific organization several times and found them to be genuine caring, fiscally responsible, dedicated to the community and overwhelmingly of great benefit to the children and families they serve. What an amazing organization!
I work for the Presbyterian Foundation and we've written about them a few times. I'm proud to feature them on our web site as a trusted partner. https://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/presbyterian-home-for-children-paves-path-of-hope/

Advisor

Rating: 5

PHFC is an inspiring organization serving children without homes and families in need. The leadership at PHFC is a beacon of light for all the world to see. When you touch the life of a child, you touch the future. Thank you PHFC for being the change in the lives of those people who have connected with PHFC along their life journey. The Presbyterian Foundation is honored to serve the work of PHFC - see attached story from our website. https://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/presbyterian-home-for-children-paves-path-of-hope/.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Many many years ago on my first trip visiting the home I brought a group from our church to volunteer for a weekend.
I was very impressed with what the mission of the home was then and how it continues to adapt to the times and the needs of those it serves.
That weekend we did a few needed projects around the campus and got the pleasure to spend time with the residents as well. It’s great to go volunteer but the time spent with the residents is a blessing! They are so bright, so sweet, and so full of life. I know the residents enjoy the time together but it’s hard to say who really gets more from it, them or us.
This particular time we stayed in one of the cottages that shared a large concrete slab porch with another cottage. And in that other cottage was a family that had just recently moved to the home. I could see the face of a small child peak through the window of the door and when I would look at the child he or she would close the curtain quickly. I saw toys on the porch so I knew the child had to come out to play. This went on for a couple days and in conversation with the then president of the home I mentioned this. He told me that this family had been abused badly by an adult male and the children were extremely afraid of adult males. This was heart breaking to me. Why anyone could do such a thing is what I continued to ask myself.
After that trip to the home it was about a year before I was able to visit again. It just so happened that we stayed in the same cottage again. It would also happen that the same family was living in the cottage across the porch. But things were different than the previous year. This year the children came out of the house, they played with their toys, laughed, and had a good time. They spoke to me and weren’t afraid anymore. They of course didn’t remember me but I remembered them.
I’ve seen first hand what amazing work the home does. I know it isn’t easy but the rewards of helping those in need far outweigh anything else. This is how everyone working at the home and those who volunteer at the home feel.
This home is an amazing place doing amazing things for those it serves.
I’m proud to be affiliated with such a fine Godly bunch.

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have been connected to the Home for over forty years. I served in volunteer capacities for decades prior to joining the board in 2013. I served actively on the board for 6 years and moved into an advisory capacity. I remain in awe of all God continues to do in and through the Home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Presbyterian Home for Children has been helping children in Alabama for over 150 years. They have adjusted and moved with the times seeking to serve the most vulnerable at their time of need. This is an excellently run non profit with a mission to serve others in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to PHFC 5 years ago as a volunteer on a weekend mission trip with our yeoman work group from Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL (approx 4 hours from Talladega, AL). After 2 interactive, productive, and fun workdays with some of the residents, staff and fellow volunteers, I returned home to Mobile so enlightened and uplifted by the love and caring that I had felt throughout the entire campus during my time there. I couldn't wait to go back and have done so several times a year with volunteer groups, with my wife, and at times by myself. I'm still volunteering and also serving on the Board of Trustees and making new friends. Needless to say, I'm extremely proud to be involved with this great, caring organization. God Bless the Presbyterian Home For Children.

Donor

Rating: 5

Presbyterian Home For Children is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping children and their families in need. From the offsite school to the thrift store, PHFC does a great job in stewarding their resources to maximize the impact in both the individuals and the broader community. Located next to the AIDB also gives the PHFC an opportunity to partner with another great Alabama charity to extend their impact even more broadly. I would definitely recommend visiting the home and/or school to see for yourself the impact they have each and every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These are amazing people doing God's work! I am thankful to be on the team that supports their website because I see ALL of the GOOD they are doing. They are special!

Advisor

Rating: 5

My experience with Presbyterian Home for Children has been from the employment/HR side with their staff. I'm their HR Consultant and what is clear and evident to me is how much each of the staff members truly have a servant's heart. Specifically, I see how important it is to them that they recruit and retain the best employees that truly do believe in Presbyterian's Home for Children mission and vision. They have also shown through performance how they care for and take care of their own employees by offering competitive benefits and pay practices while carefully balancing their fiduciary responsibilities. Great non-profit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely stellar organization with a wonderful team. Every team member truly cares for the children and their families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PHFC is a phenomenal organization. PHFC has top notch staff and leadership totally committed to bettering the lives of children and adults.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization acts selflessly to work with children and families who are in need. I am proud to be on the Board of Trustees and to be part of making a difference in their lives.

Carol Raby C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a long time Board member and one who is active in other non-profit organizations, I must say that serving the Presbyterian Home for Children gives me the greatest joy and gratification of any volunteer work I can do. The staff is dedicated, educated and committed to excellence. As a professional social worker/therapist in private practice, I recognize quality when I see it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with the staff at Presbyterian Home for Children for over 10 years now as a vendor, and I have seen first hand the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into growing the mission of PHFC. I know so many lives and families have been touched and generations forever changed as a result of the amazing work done by PHFC. Praise God for such an amazing organization.

Alex C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Presbyterian Home for Children is such a safe and happy place. The staff and volunteers show God's love to these children and I am so thankful for the work they do!

George Hicks J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am amazed to see true Community take place everyday at the PHFC. I am inspired by the love and care that is felt while on campus as we work to help build Union Village. I commend the leadership and staff and wish them continued Success in caring for God’s Children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without a doubt, Presbyterian Home for Children cares about helping people in need. This nonprofit has been in existence since 1868, which is such a commendable accomplishment! PHFC provides a safe place for women and children in crisis and for young girls and young adult women who have experienced neglect and need a safe shelter away from their past trauma.

The nonprofit is led by Doug Marshall (President/CEO), who is the perfect person for this job. Not only does he have the leadership instincts and nonprofit knowledge necessary to lead this nonprofit, he has such a passion for the work they do and the people they help. You can tell he loves his job because he smiles when he has the opportunity to tell someone about PHFC. He's proud of his staff and their hard work, too.

Presbyterian Home for Children is a nonprofit I stand by and believe in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago, a woman visiting my church confided in me that she and her children were from another state and were escaping an abusive domestic situation. She told me that she and her children were residing at the Presbyterian Home for Children.
Today she and her children are doing well and the domestic abuse they previously suffered is a distant memory, thanks to the services offered by the Presbyterian Home for Children. This is just one of thousands of stories about lives that have been changed by this necessary ministry for more than a hundred years, and Lord willing, there will be many more.

Brad F.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have known of the great work of the Presbyterian Home for Children for many years, but it wasn't until I had occasion to work directly with the leadership team of the Home that I realized the expertise and the servant heart it takes to help some of Alabama's most needy children. I have had extensive discussions with their leadership, and I know how much they care for the families they serve and how hard they work. I have experienced domestic violence in my family, and it touches me that if my family weren't blessed with the resources we have, my child and grandchildren could be seeking help at the Home. We are fortunate to have such a resource.