We currently have 14 boys and girls living on the children’s home campus, ranging from ages 9-16.
Each attends Travis County public schools with a goal of graduating and going on to college and vocational programs.
In May 2016, one of CTCH's three graduates will be starting at Blinn College, another at St. Edward’s University, and the third will go on to an independent living skills program in San Antonio.
The children play sports, including basketball, soccer, and volleyball through school teams and YMCA leagues. Some participate in school ROTC programs, as well as a variety of other activities.
Spiritually, all of the children are involved in many church activities throughout the area. Activities include attendance at church, Leadership Training for Christ (or LTC), youth rallies, Bible Bowls, and Discipleship University.
Dan-Yel Grigsby (CTCH Alumni)
I arrived at the Central Texas Children’s Home when I was twelve years old. I had been adopted when I was younger, but at twelve my adoptive mother didn’t feel she could handle some of my needs.
Mom needed an affordable place where I could live, get help with schoolwork, go on activities, and attend a Christian Church. Central Texas Children’s Home was the optimal choice.
I only lived at CTCH for about 4–5 months. Elroy and Vickey Lamkin were my House Parents at the time. I really liked them because they made me feel safe and cared for. They treated me like family. The Lamkins would include us in the activities they did with their own grandchildren. Church was important to the Lamkins so they took us with them. I liked the singing and the friendly people.
While at CTCH, I remember going to the movies, bargain shopping for clothes, playing kickball, and going to festivals. I remember that my House Parents tried to help me with schoolwork and other staff tried to help my mom be a better mother.
I have fond memories of the Central Texas Children’s Home.
Now I’m grown and planning to move from Texas to New York. I have friends there and plan to start fresh.
I appreciate the Central Texas Children’s Home for their help at a time when my mother and I needed it.
CURRENT HOUSE PARENTS
C. Ray and Keri McCurley, Relief House Parents
C. Ray and Keri McCurley are the Christian House Parents that live in the girl’s and boy's cottages. At any given time, they might be caring for 5-10 girls or boys. After an East Texas career in fire-fighting and medical rescue, they decided to dedicate their lives to serving God by caring for His children. Joining them in this work is their son, Cory. The McCurley family is directed by God, and remain a valued asset to the CTCH ministry.
Dee and Jennifer Hawkinson, House Parents
Dee and Jennifer Hawkinson, following decades of owning businesses and managing retail establishments decided to pursue their passion to help children in need. Having raised three of their own children, they packed up their bags and moved to the Central Texas Children's Home. Since arriving in October of 2017, they have given their care and love to the boys in Watson Cottage.
Trey and Melanie Callihan, House Parents
Trey and Melanie Callihan have a tremendous heart for children that are displaced and struggling. Two years ago, they decided to dedicate their lives to helping children in need. After working in child care for awhile, they decided to make their home at the Central Texas Children's Home.
Since July 2019, the Callihan's have been House Parents for Sloan Cottage. They care for 5-6 girls as their House Parents.
FORMER HOUSE PARENTS
Raul and Judy Ferris
Raul and Judy Ferris served as House Parents at CTCH in 2014. Prior to that they served for 14 years as both House Parents and staff at the Medina Children’s Home in Medina, Texas.
Originally from Puerto Rico, as a young man Raul had a dream about two homeless little boys who were fishing for their dinner. This dream stayed with him, influencing the decision for Judy and him to become House Parents at CTCH. The dream became reality with two young boys at CTCH. Slowly and patiently he mentored these boys, making time for private reading lessons at 5am, taking them camping in west Texas, and always being there for them. With love and perseverance, he guided these children as they became successful young Christian men.
Judy recalls their time at CTCH as always revolving around food. She had an “open house” policy with her delicious meals, and whether it was hot pancakes in the morning or Carne Guisada for dinner, the smell of her kitchen always reminded the children that they had a home where they were loved. She recalls one particular girl who at first seemed almost impossible to reach, seemingly always angry and disrespectful. Through persistent love, compassion and kindness this girl slowly began participating in group events, and found the joy that was missing in her life. The Ferris family believe that choosing a career in Child Care is choosing to go into a mission field, where “the mission is in your backyard.” Always giving glory to God, they have learned that to “open your home is to open your heart.”