Feeding The Hungry In Mexico.
Organized by: Joe Nuncio
Help us raise funds to build the Buddy M Owens feeding hall and The John wilder Chapel, as one of the first buildings on the 140 acres donated , where a future replica of The Rio, Grande ,Children's Home in honor of Buddy Owens will be builded here in Saltillo Mexico. One of the Valley’s most respected citizens, Buddy Melvin Owens, founder of the Rio Grande Children’s Home, died Saturday, October 29, in McAllen. In 1963, Owens founded the home, which has been offering a safe haven to children A devout Christian, Owens also served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Benito, and many others. Starting with only 40 acres, Owens built a complex that included 160 acres filled with cottages to house children, a chapel, an office complex and many other enterprises , he developed to help support the home. For many years children from the home and some from the surrounding community attended the school he founded to serve the children at the home, Valley Christian School. The home had families consisting of house parents who worked with a small group of children in a family setting. Often the children were from a single family or a couple of families. Children placed in foster homes are often separated from siblings but “Dad” Owens, as everyone called him, made every effort to keep siblings together. Many Valley families have five or six children and few foster families are willing to take that many children at one time. While some families are so dysfunctional they cannot be fixed, the Rio Grande Children’s Home typically kept children for an average stay of 18 months. Usually they were from broken homes where mothers or fathers were temporarily unable to care for them. When conditions improved, the children were returned to their families. Owens was a big believer in the value of working with animals and supported all kinds of agricultural endeavors. Many children living at the home took an active part in the Rio Grande Livestock Show, showing steer and other animals they had raised while living at the home. Owens believed that sometimes children, who had difficulty relating to people because of the circumstances they came from, could relate to an animal that they worked with on a daily basis. The Rio Grande Children’s Home complex grew to include a dairy operation as well as beef production. A sausage factory and a catfish farm joined his operation through the years. These facilities helped finance the operation of the home. A Rio Grande Children’s Home Thrift Shop in McAllen, where items donated by the general public were sold also brought income into the home. Now my family and I feel is our turn to give back some of the blessing we have recieved, our Salvation as the most importent.