Apr 18, 2017 -
You may have seen or heard about Hidden Figures
, the movie. A hidden figure in Missouri's history is Margaret Leggat Butler.
As a wealthy widow, Mrs. Butler funded the orphanage that became the Farmington Children’s Home. She was not a mother, but she provided a home for children who were orphaned or abandoned. At one time there were 145 children living there. They were able to attend school, enjoy three meals a day, and grow up feeling safe and loved.
That Home became Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Through a range of programs across the state, we transform the lives of more than 2,000 children – and their families -- each year. Many of the children in our care are at high risk for homelessness, addiction, and incarceration.
These children, too, are hidden figures. More than 40% of children in foster care will not graduate from high school. And they will age out of the system at 18. Our Transitional Living homes provide both emotional and practical support for some of them, who will soon be on their own. Your support empowers these children to finish school and build a bright future. It also allows us to counsel families in crisis and break the cycle of trauma.
As Mother’s Day approaches, think of the children in our care. Will you make a gift in honor of your mother or your grandmother? Perhaps you remember a favorite teacher or special friend, perhaps a woman who was childless like Mrs. Butler. We can send a card acknowledging your gift so that it reaches your honoree by Mother's Day, May 14.
How will you inspire a hidden figure today?