Who We Are
Samuel’s House began as a vision of our founders, Gary and Patty Heiney. In 1993, after serving many years as pastors and youth directors in Missouri, God led Gary and Patty to Caracas, Venezuela. They were struck by the number of children homeless and living on the streets! They saw the hurting and hopelessness and wanted to do something to show God’s love to these forgotten ones.
As they began their ministry, God used Gary and Patty to build churches, a Teen Challenge rehabilitation center and in several other construction projects. Additionally, they ministered to national baseball teams, worked with street ministries, were involved with Christian television and ministered on university campuses through Chi Alpha. But the desire to make a more permanent and lasting impact on the children of Venezuela continued to grow. They wanted to build a refuge for abandoned and orphaned children; a place where they could be raised in a family environment with a foundation of faith and love.
It wasn’t until 2005 that God cleared all the major obstacles and construction of Samuel’s House began. Over the years, through partnerships with churches, businesses and individuals, we have built a place orphaned and abandoned children can call “home.” Today, Samuel’s House is comprised of three properties spanning almost 150 acres which includes a small farm and a campground, as well as, other revenue generating opportunities.
We know the importance of education in a child’s life. Therefore, we have begun construction on a school to serve not only the needs of the children at Samuel’s House, but also the children of our neighboring community. Our school will include programs for the arts, languages and music, as well as, programs specifically designed for children with learning disabilities. If you would like to make a financial donation to our school project, click here.
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Valle Alegre Campground
The facilities of Camp Valle Alegre are available to churches, businesses and individuals for special events or just to get away from the city. The proceeds from the campground rentals are a major part of our self-sustaining efforts. Working at the campground’s facilities gives the children at Samuels House opportunities to acquire a variety of skills and earn some money. For more information, click here to visit the website.
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As part of our efforts to be self-sustaining, we raise several crops. In addition to avocado, orange, lime and mango trees, we raise tomatoes, Vidalia onions, peppers and more. We not only use the produce in the children’s home, but also sell to those in our surrounding communities. Additionally, we raise hens (for egg production), pigs and horses.
Through generous donations of equipment and other resources, we now have a facility and the means for screen-printing. Our goal is to raise funds for Samuel’s House and to spread the word about our work here in Venezuela. An additional benefit is the skills the older children can learn in design and production techniques.
Sponsor a Child
We are here to provide love and care to some of Venezuela’s most vulnerable children. You can make a difference by becoming a sponsor today.
When you become a child sponsor, you will be connected with a child living here at Samuel’s House. Through that connection, not only can you help your sponsored child develop a sense of confidence and self-worth, but your monthly gift of $33 ($396 annually) will also help to ensure that the child is cared for, protected, enjoys good health, and receives an education. You can start a recurring monthly sponsorship today by using the convenient PayPal form.
If you’d rather make your gift on a month-by-month basis, you can use the “Donate” button. Or contact us directly to use another payment method.
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The success of Samuel’s House would not be possible without your donations, volunteer work and our sponsors, we are so grateful for your contributions.
We are a 501C3 tax-exempt organization so all U.S. donations are tax-free. If you would like to drop off or ship a donation, please contact us to make arrangements.
Checks or money orders can be sent via First Class Mail and made payable to AGWM Contributions, 1445 N Boonville Ave, Springfield MO 65802 or to Samuel’s House, 2234 E Ridgecrest St Ozark MO 65721. *Please include one of the following project numbers in the memo line: Project 7597 – Children’s Home, Project 8738 – Campground, Project 14987 – Elementary School.
Direct deposits can be made to Samuel’s House via Bank of America. If you do make an over-the-counter donation at the bank, please send us an email with your contact information and amount of donation. We need this to comply with federal tax laws.