Christian Homes & Family Services (CHFS) is dedicated to changing lives and building Christian families through their outreach ministry to provide foster care for children rescued from neglect and abuse. CHFS also recognized and responded to a desperate need for maternity and community-based care for young women with unplanned pregnancies that most often culminates in the agency finding loving, adoptive parents for these precious babies. Since 1962, CHFS has cared for 1,425 foster children, provided maternity care for more than 2,300 women, and placed more than 1,700 babies and children into loving, adoptive homes.
Long-time board member Sandie Propst has been involved with Christian Homes & Family Services for 39 years. She has served in almost every capacity over those many years, from volunteer social worker to foster care provider and recruiter. “My long and committed service to Christian Homes & Family Services is rooted in my love for the program, and I am always amazed at the way it has grown and at how many people it has served,” Mrs. Propst said. “I’ve had the privilege of watching babies be adopted who are now responsible citizens and Christian parents. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
On Tuesday, November 13, CHFS will host the 2012 East Texas Fall Benefit Dinner, Bringing Up Champions, with special guest Brad McCoy. This fundraiser will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at KE Bushman’s in Bullard, Texas. Proceeds will support Christian Homes & Family Services and its vision of a Christian home for every child.
As a dedicated volunteer in the Tyler community, Mrs. Propst is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. (JLT). She played a vital part as a member on the 1981 committee that researched and educated the community about the concept of hospice care, which culminated in a significantJLT donation to establish Hospice of East Texas. Mrs. Propst then served as chairman of the hospice organizing board and stayed on to serve as board chairman the firstyear Hospice of East Texas was in operation. She is also a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler and serves as president of the Smith County Medical Alliance.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs. Propst has resided in Tyler for 40 years. She and her husband, Wayne Propst, M.D., have been married 41 years and are the parents of two adult children and their spouses, and have five grandchildren. Mrs. Propst earned her bachelor’s degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and holds her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. The Propsts are members of Glenwood Church of Christ where Mrs. Propst is an active volunteer.
“Tyler has been a great place for us to put down roots,” Mrs. Propst said. “I have met so many wonderful people over the years whose paths I might not have crossed except for volunteer activities that we shared. How much richer my life is for knowing these people who have inspired me and have been my mentors.”
For more information about Christian Homes & Family Services and the 2012 East Texas Fall Benefit Dinner, please visit www.christianhomes.com.