July 23, 1828, is the birthday of Kezia Payne DePelchin, founder of DePelchin Children’s Center. We would like to take this opportunity to honor Kezia’s memory and celebrate her selfless vision of helping children in need.
Kezia worked as a teacher in Houston’s first public schools and later became a matron at Bayland Orphans’ Home for Boys. In 1892, when she was approached with three orphaned children too young to be taken in by Bayland, Kezia poured all of her resources into founding her own orphanage rather than turn her back on those children. Kezia named the orphanage the “Faith Home” because she had faith in the “good people of Houston” to support her cause.
DePelchin Children’s Center carries on Kezia’s commitment to helping children. Today, DePelchin is no longer an orphanage, having grown and evolved over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. We are now Houston’s largest, most comprehensive provider of children’s mental health, prevention and early intervention, and foster care and adoption services. Offering more than 30 different programs throughout the Greater Houston area, we serve more than 20,000 children and families each year.
That alone is cause to celebrate. We know Kezia would be proud of DePelchin and the people of Houston.
Happy birthday, Kezia!
Learn more about Kezia and the history of DePelchin Children's Center at www.depelchin.org/wiki.