We turn lives around

Kezia's Kids


Our Mission

Kezia’s Kids is an organization of women who are committed to improving the lives of children and families in our community through volunteerism, education and advocacy. Our collective efforts help DePelchin turn lives around and enable children to live happier, healthier lives. 

Our Activities

Supporting Children

We brighten the lives of children in foster care through volunteer opportunities, including making Thanksgiving and Easter baskets, hosting clothing and toy drives and fulfilling the Christmas wish lists of children in need through the annual Holiday Project. Members of Kezia’s Kids are an integral part of the project’s success volunteering at the Holiday Project headquarters and sorting and wrapping gifts for more than 1,400 children.

Supporting Our Community

We advocate for children’s mental health in our community. One in five children struggles with a behavioral or emotional issue, ranging from ADHD and anxiety to depression and other mood disorders. Oftentimes mental health issues are not openly discussed, and many families do not know where to turn. We let our friends and family know that children do not have to suffer needlessly, and DePelchin’s expert psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors are available to help all children.

Join Us!

When you volunteer with Kezia’s Kids, you join other dynamic and caring women committed to turning lives around and putting smiles on lots of little faces.  To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please email keziaskids@depelchin.org!

Volunteer Opportunities

Birthday Buddies - Be a Birthday Buddy and sponsor the wishes of a child in foster care.

March/April - Easter Basket Collection
View photos of Easter basket-making involving Kezia's Kids members and their kids.

July/August – School Supply Drive and Back To School Event.

October - Fall social to sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

November – Thanksgiving Baskets and Food Drive.

December – Volunteer for the Holiday Project, sponsor children's wish lists, or collect toys, gifts and gift cards for Holiday Project.

What's in the name, Kezia Kids?

Kezia’s Kids is inspired by DePelchin’s founder, Kezia Payne DePelchin, who brought hope and healing to our community’s children. A pioneering teacher, nurse and social worker, Kezia took a leap of faith and accepted into her care three orphaned infants. What she began in 1892 as a humble orphanage for abandoned children has grown over the years into Houston’s largest provider of children’s mental health, foster care and adoption services.

Committee Members

Julie Axelrad
Susan Barnes
Ashley Beecher
Lea Cherek
Sarah Ferguson
Ryann Jarrard
Kathryn Principe

Christine Wagers
Sannam Warrender
Hope Young

Lifetime Members

Lina Amador
Ellen Bass
Sue Nan Cutsinger
Mary Ann Detmering
Debbie Gregg
Peggy Roe

Contact Us

To learn more about Kezia’s Kids, please call 713-802-7792 or email keziaskids@depelchin.org.