“We are grateful for the longevity of our staff,” Green said. “They are an inspiration to those in our care and to the clients that we serve. Our staff members are also the foundational reason that we have such a strong organization that is transforming the lives of children, individuals and families each day.”
Lil Abshier, LMSW (35 years), is director of family care and site coordinator for STCHM’s Christian Women’s Job Corps in Corpus Christi, a program that helps women gain the job and life skills to succeed. Although Abshier has worked for the Children’s Home for 35 years, STCHM has been a part of her life much longer. Abshier was the youngest child of the first family to ever be placed at the home after its doors opened to children in need in 1952. She is a wonderful spokesperson and advocate for STCHM wherever she goes.
Tam Campbell (25 years) is administrative assistant at STCHM’s Family Counseling office in Corpus Christi. She is often a client’s first contact by phone and in person. Her caring manner sets the stage for a successful counseling experience with one of STCHM’s seven full-time licensed professional counselors. Campbell also often assists with the Christian Women’s Job Corps program and events as well.
As the longest serving caseworker in STCHM’s history, Darla Hodgkiss (20 years) has had the privilege of following the lives of many children and young people through their time of living at the home and afterwards. She is a caring advocate for children placed at STCHM and serves as liaison between the child and every element of the child’s life, such as their family, school, health services, social activities and state agencies when needed.
Houseparents April and Jason Batley (10 years) have faithfully cared for more than 30 boys of all ages at Faith Cottage over the years and recently made the switch to provide care for girls. They specialize in truly connecting with the kids who have come to live in their home, and student alums often stay in touch with them long after they move on with their lives.
Vicki Hewitt (five years), director of communication, oversees all STCHM’s print and online communications to help tell the STCHM story and how lives are changed through STCHM’s residential care for children, residential family care for single moms and their children, professional counseling services, job and life skills training for women, and international mission trips and ministry (www.stchm.org). Hewitt will travel to the Dominican Republic in July to cover one of STCHM’s 17 sponsored mission trips there this year.
Although not at the awards service, director of facilities TJ Burris was acknowledged for his 25 years of service. Burris works tirelessly to oversee all grounds and facility needs on STCHM’s five campus and office locations located in Beeville, Goliad, Corpus Christi and Victoria. Burris has also directed the horse and animal programs on Boothe Campus for the past 24 years, providing wonderful opportunities for the students to experience the thrill of riding and learn the responsibility that comes with caring for animals.
Rhonda Boyd and Joyce Vivian of Victoria were also acknowledged for their five years of service. As administrative assistants at the Victoria Family Counseling office, both Boyd and Vivian were an integral part of the start-up of STCHM’s counseling office there more than five years ago and continue to contribute to its growing success today.
South Texas Children’s Home Ministries is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and receives both state and private placements of children. Children living at STCHM attend public school and are provided with the opportunity to attend the college or trade school of choice if they graduate while at STCHM.