The Presbyterian Home for Children

A few months ago, the new president for the Presbyterian Home for Children (PHFC), Doug Marshall, visited Covenant and extended an invitation to visit the home (Covenant has supported the home for many years).  Members of the Covenant Outreach Team took him up on the offer and made the trip down to Talladega on May 14th.  The home was started about 150 years ago just after the Civil War and served for many years as an orphanage.  Today the population of orphans has reduced but the home still works to provide support for children and families in several different ways.

The visit included a tour of the Ascension Leadership Academy.  A K-12 school that is a part of the PHFC umbrella.  The school is located off campus at the First Presbyterian Church in Talladega.  The school includes children from the home along with children from the community.  Next the team toured the hall that houses the moderate care girls (girls ages 13-17 that have been placed with the home through DHR).

The team enjoyed lunch with Doug and key members of the leadership team.  Each PHFC staff member shared about their area of ministry which included: the moderate care home for girls ages 13-17, the Transition to Adult program for females ages 19-24, the Secure Dwelling program for homeless children and their female caregiver, the Family Bridge program, a drivers school, the Sunrise Center (homeless day shelter) and deaf and blind housing.

After lunch the team went on a tour of the campus, Doug pointed out all the key buildings and their current use along with the historical use. Lastly the team toured the Lodge, a building that has been converted for visiting teams to stay the night.  The home has a large list of projects that can be completed by visiting teams.  The Outreach Team would like to coordinate just such a trip for Covenant in the future – more details to come.

Here are other national and regional ministries we support with our prayers and dollars:

PC(USA) North Alabama Presbytery/Camp Maranatha
The Mended Hearts
The Linus Project
The Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega
Kim and Duane Baxter with Christian Medical Ministry in Alabama
Steve and Susan Bledsoe with CRU International in South Carolina
Mark and Leigh Ann Looyenga with The Navigators  in Colorado
Michael and Anna Whitham with RUF at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC