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Kezia DePelchin Society

Leap of Faith

The Kezia DePelchin Society provides individuals an opportunity to carry on the legacy of DePelchin’s founder, Kezia Payne DePelchin, who felt called by her faith to care for Houston’s children in need.

In 1892, Kezia Payne DePelchin took a leap of faith and accepted into her care three orphaned infants for whom no other accommodations were available. “I suppose I will have to call it my ‘Faith Home,” she said. “I’m entirely dependent on my faith in God and the good people of Houston to support it.” Kezia died in 1893 shortly after opening her “Faith Home”, but the Houston community adopted her mission to take care of abandoned, neglected and hurting children.

Legacy of Love

Today, Kezia’s small “Faith Home” is now DePelchin Children's Center, a leading foster care and adoption agency with locations throughout Houston and Greater Texas.  DePelchin's approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children at-risk or within the State’s child welfare system.

The continued support of “the good people of Houston” is realized in the thousands of children and families whose lives are turned around every year. If you have a strong philanthropic compass and a hopeful vision for our community, we invite you to donate to the Kezia DePelchin Society and help carry on Kezia’s legacy.

Society of Support

The Kezia DePelchin Society provides an opportunity to make annual leadership commitments to DePelchin Children’s Center. Donors enjoy exclusive benefits as well as the satisfaction of knowing that they are investing in the future of Houston’s children and families.

The Society offers fives levels of participation, each representing increasing levels of commitment and a range of opportunities to become involved with DePelchin. Donors are recognized in our annual report and receive invitations to exclusive events, including the annual State of DePelchin evening reception.

Help carry on Kezia’s legacy and care for our children and families in need.

Levels of Support

Friend $1,200
Patron $2,400
Benefactor $5,000
Sponsor $10,000
Leadership Circle $25,000

How to Join

Join the Kezia DePelchin Society by making a gift online or by mail. To make a gift online, visit our KDS Online Donation page. To make a traditional check or credit card gift, complete and print our KDS Contribution Form and mail it to:

Office of Advancement
DePelchin Children's Center
4950 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77007

To learn more about the Kezia DePelchin Society, contact Lisa Garces at or (713) 802-6269.