Lorraine Turner, MA, LPC, was acknowledged for her five years of service as a therapist at the STCHM Family Counseling office in Victoria. Turner brought 10 years of previous experience in the mental health and counseling fields with her when she joined the STCHM staff. She counsels couples, individual adults, adolescents and children, using play therapy when needed with children. Issues with her own daughter’s difficulties in reading inspired her to become a certified Irlen screener. Turner now uses this to help and encourage other people with the same challenge.
Houseparents Mike and Karen Perkins have cared for boys of all ages in Brown Cottage for 10 years. Over the years, Karen has created scrapbooks for each of the boys who have lived in their cottage to show them that they are important and loved. The Perkinses have a special place in their heart for missions and have worked alongside the STCHM kids on World Changer projects and other mission trips.
Joanna Berry, LCSW, vice president of family counseling and international ministries, has been with South Texas Children’s Home Ministries for 15 years. Berry oversees family counseling offices in Corpus Christi and Victoria as well as STCHM’s international ministry efforts in the Dominican Republic. As a counselor, she also ministers to individuals, married couples and single mothers at the Corpus Christi office. Berry is fluent in Spanish and is an effective communicator both domestically and internationally (see Joanna’s Journal at www.stchm.org/international/missions/joannas-journal/).
Recognized for 30 years of service, Mark Childs, STCHM vice president of childcare, began his tenure at the home in 1982, serving as a caseworker and then Boothe Campus administrator before accepting his current position in 2000. He is a licensed social worker and licensed childcare administrator. With 30 years of childcare experience and a master’s degree in counseling, Childs brings tremendous insight to the field of childcare. More importantly, he has been a friend, mentor, and father figure to hundreds of kids during his ministry service at STCHM.
Two employees were recognized for 35 years of service: STCHM bookkeeper Jacque Broadway and Ron “Smitty” Smith, who has served STCHM in several capacities.
Broadway takes personal pride in handling the daily business matters of STCHM. She began working at STCHM as a short-term job to help support the family cattle business and likes to joke that, 35 years later, she is still supporting the family cattle business. She spends much of her time processing the gifts and donations received each day and feels a special bond with those who give. She also balances bank statements and handles payroll and petty cash. One of her favorite things is getting to visit with STCHM kids when they stop by to cash their allowance checks or checks they have received from sponsors or summer work.
For 23 of his 35 years, Ron “Smitty” Smith and his wife, Diana, served as houseparents, caring for girls of all ages. The Smiths have a special gift for succeeding with children facing particularly difficult challenges in their lives. Smitty also worked as head of maintenance for the campus for several years. He currently serves as a case manager, along with Diana. The couple oversees Marshall Ranch Family Care in Goliad, a residential ministry for mothers and their children who are living in situations that threaten the stability and safety of the family.
“I’ve been very impressed at the length of service of many of our staff,” new president and CEO Eron Green said. “I think it goes back to their heart for children and families and their commitment to the mission of South Texas Children’s Home Ministries. They are a huge blessing to our organization.”