So begins Michelle’s story, a STCHM alumna who is now a wife, mother and teacher in San Antonio. Michelle will be the guest speaker at a gathering of more than 400 made up of others who lived or worked at the Children’s Home at some time from 1952 until the present.
The STCHM reunion will take place Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the home campus, north of Beeville in Pettus, offering a rare glimpse into the lives and stories of so many who were changed forever for good because they lived at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries. Some spent their entire childhoods and adolescence here, and others only a few years or brief time. But the impact is lasting, no matter how long they stay.
Over the years, children have come from more than 50 different cities throughout Texas including Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Amarillo and Odessa (and all points in between).
Homecoming 2010 will draw STCHM alumni from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s ’80s, ’90s and beyond as they all convene to remember the place they once called home.
Alumna Michelle Kolmansberger Gutierrez will speak about the influence STCHM had on her life at a program that will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Patterson Student Center. Others will share as well, and there will be music, a drama performed by young people currently living at the Children’s Home and a slide show of memories through the decades.
Cottage tours and visits with house parents will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by swimming, games and visiting until 4 p.m. Also open will be Piper Children’s Center, Lunsford Chapel, O.B. Vaughan Library and the STCHM Museum.