St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, affectionately referred to as St. PJ’s, is a social service agency operating under the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. The mission of St. PJ’s is to be a safe and loving refuge for children in crisis and to accompany them on their journey to healing and wholeness, breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect one child at a time.
With over 125 years of caring for children, St. PJ’s has a unique understanding of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children in crisis and the value of keeping families together following trauma. The moment a child walks through our door, we engage in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. Our goal is to provide each child with specialized treatment to assist them through their journey of healing.
In 2002, a frightened and crying four-year-old girl was brought into St. PJ’s Emergency Shelter, along with her six- year-old brother. Due to severe abuse and neglect, they had to be removed from their home. While the case manager was comforting her, she noticed that the little girl was wearing red glittered shoes. When asked, “Where did you get those?” the little girl responded, “My grandma gave me these shoes because someday I am going to go home.”