In 1892, a woman named Kezia Payne DePelchin relied only on her pioneering spirit and faith in humanity when she accepted three orphaned children into her care. Today, DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. Our history is rich in the Houston community, now expanding across Texas, and we are excited to celebrate our 125th Anniversary in 2017.

One story from that rich history is the story of Connie Wallace who lived at DePelchin Faith Home with her brother in the 1930’s.  It was during the Depression, and after her father moved across the country in search of a job, her mother died tragically in an accident. Connie and her little brother were sent to live at DePelchin, eventually being raised in the loving home of her foster mom.  Connie stopped by this summer to visit with DePelchin CEO Jenifer Jarriel and take a tour of today’s facility.  With a twinkle in her eye, Connie reflected warmly on her time at DePelchin - she even remembered the bedtime prayer sung by the children each night:

Father we thank you for the night and for the pleasant morning light,
For health and food and loving care and all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should, to be to others kind and good.
In all we do in work or play, to grow more loving every day. Amen.  

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