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Jacobs House Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   29 reviews 695

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing

Address:

4661 State Hwy 176 E Chestnutridge MO 65630 USA

Mission:

Jacob's House provides temporary to long term housing for children from infants to young adults. We are a private placement facility situated on 71 acres in the Ozark mountains. We have two log homes that provide family values, mentoring, life skills training, and a loving environment and recreation activities. We are supported by private donations only and do not receive local, state or federal funding.

Target demographics:

Protect children, prepare parents and prosper families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

47 young people and many families

Geographic areas served:

Missouri

Programs:

Jacob's House provides temporary to long term housing for children from infants to young adults. We are a private placement facility situated on 71 acres in the Ozark mountains. We have two log homes that provide "family style" living. We are supported by private donations only and do not receive local, state or federal funding.

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1-417-231-5241
http://www.jacobshouse.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jacob's House saved my son's life! Before Jacob's House we had tried everything! Therapists, hospitals, medication, your name it we tried it! It wasn't until he was placed at Jacob's House that we finally starting seeing a difference in our son. He was very defiant, had anger issues, had to be picked up from school more times than i count due to his behavior and he was getting physically violent. After almost a year at Jacob's House he is doing well in school, has a job, is respectful and is working on his anger issues and has come very far! I was very scared that I would have to visit my son in jail in order to see him but not anymore! I thank God every single day for Jacob's House and the love and nurturing and guidance they have given my son!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The day I first met Penny Robichaux I knew she was an answer to prayer. I had learned to love the children who lived at the Thunder Ranch (now known as Jacob's House) and had been praying for God to send the perfect person to be a mother to those children. I could tell immediately Penny had a real love for children and had plenty of experience in caring for needy children. After she was settled in, my husband and I went to visit a number of times and we were so touched by the way the children showed their love to Penny and also that they were very well behaved. She is a gift from God to any children that are privileged to spend time with her.

My husband passed away a few years and I don't live in Branson any longer but I have stayed in touch with Penny and her wonderful husband, Dan. I recently went there for a visit and
Dan and a couple of the children were in the kitchen baking desserts for some function they were going to. It looked like a bakery. He is an amazing guy and the kids adore him.

Penny gave me one of her books, "I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream" which tells about Penny's life and how Jacob's House came into being. Everyone should read it. It's a "God story" from beginning to end. This is a great ministry and I cannot say enough positive things about it.

Esther M. Herriott

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jacob's House is a great place, giving kids a stable atmosphere, one where they can learn about love and truth and responsibility and acceptance and life and living it well. Kids who are fortunate enough to find Jacob's House get a new direction and hope for their future!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Penny and Dan have been a wonderful blessing to our family! I don't know what we would have done without them. We were at the point of having to turn our son over to state custody, since we couldn't afford to get him the help he needed. We had tried so many options with him, including counseling, in home therapy, psychologists & psychiatrists. However his behavioral issues were tearing our family apart. We found out about Jacob's house & called penny, & after hearing our story, she took our boy in right away, no waiting periods or paperwork or requirements, she knew we needed help right then. The patience & knowledge & understanding she has with the kids is amazing! They have blessed our family so much! We will be forever grateful to them for saving our family!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve known Penny and been involved with Jacob’s House as a volunteer and donor since 2002, in Texas. Our family has been enriched by being part of the loving extended family that has always been Jacob’s House. Whether painting walls, delivering food, taking children to the zoo or the local park - it was a joy to support Penny in her dedication to give children a loving and permanent "normal" home. It taught my children how lucky they are and how much they have to offer to others. My daughter, who is now a special education teacher, holds Penny up as an example that motivated her in her career choice.

Even though Jacob's House moved to Missouri, we remain in contact and pick up wherever we left off last! I have over and over witnessed the deep faith, steadfast love and humble trust that are the bedrock of this ministry to children who deserved so much better than life handed them. And I have also been blessed to watch the ways in which these children grow and blossom and generously extend love to others. Jacob’s House inspires hope and is instrumental in changing the arc of lives from spiraling downward to reaching upward and outward. I am honored to be a friend and supporter.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I are personal friends of Penny and Dan Koontz, their children, and the extended family they have of foster kids. We have seen the service and commitment of years and years, to the care of children and young adults in this devoted and tireless couple. They apply christian principles and love to all the kids! We have even ministered there for a season. Their hearts are wide open for those in need, or with a troubled history. I recommend Jacob's House as a place of refuge and restoration to those who have had troubled past, or are presently having difficulties negotiation life and people. Their goal is to help you be the best you can be, reach for your dreams! We love Penny and Dan dearly, and they do not tire in this endeavour of helping young people do well in life , in spite the hand they may have been dealt. They are my heroes, and continue to amaze me and others in their much needed service to the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Registered Nurse who decided to become a full time volunteer and donor for the past year, I have had the PRIVILEGE of getting to know Jacob's House through personal experience. Many days I've been there as part of the team from daylight to dusk.....overseeing the chores and dishing out the rewards, working through tough times then celebrating their notable accomplishments, encouraging them to DREAM BIG and be the best that they could be, and always ALWAYS talking about our God who made this home possible. The atmosphere at Jacob's House is that of a normal home environment for the kids who come here, totally opposite of the institutional-style facilities governed by the State. As a nurse, I've been in those State facilities, and at the end of the day, my heart was always heavy for the kids who were placed there. I saw no improvements; I saw warehousing..... I saw no love; I saw staff going through the motions of putting in their shifts and going home. What I didn't see, but what I WANTED to see, was compassion and legitimate concern in providing these kids the kind of help they truly needed to succeed in life. That compassion, and legitimate concern is what I found at Jacob's House. Kids that live there are encouraged to strive for excellence, even when some of them are there for being far from perfect themselves. But perfect or not, these kids are loved unconditionally; they KNOW it, they FEEL it, and they RESPOND to it. The best example of this that I can personally give is that of a 13 year old boy who was placed there last year when all other State facility options had been exhausted. He failed to get help in every facility he was placed in....this was his last chance at a life of normalcy before his parents gave up on him. I watched this rebellious, defiant, beautiful kid try to find his way, try to fight through the sedating effects of the multiple psychiatric medications he was prescribed in order to "control" his behavior. While he provided many challenges during this past year, by the grace of God and the team at Jacob's House, this 14 year old boy has turned into a wonderful young man that any parent would be proud to call their own. He has learned responsibility, accountability, respect and love for others....without being on any prescribed medications. It's humbling to think that I was given the opportunity to be a part of helping him find his way. But he is only one of many kids still out there who need a place like this. Jacob's House is here today because the founder made a lifelong covenant with God to provide for these kids. Without the compassion, dedication and unrelenting persistence of Penny and her husband Dan, the Directors at Jacob's House, none of this would have been possible. Their character is above reproach, their hearts are bound to the Lord. Jacob's House is privately funded by donors who have the same love and concern for these lost kids as they do. They receive no State or Federal funding, so it's up to all of us to continue providing support so Jacob's House can continue to excel in it's mission. We are all responsible for children in need. "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" Mathew 25:40 KJV

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jacob's House is a unique private placement home for children. Unique in a way that whether a child is there for 1 day or 1 year they are part of Jacob's House family forever. Dan and Penny and all volunteer staff have made a committment to the children who live at the ranch. That committment is for a lifetime. Jacob's House is committed to giving love, respect, honesty, christian values and life training to all who enter their home. Jacob's house is a safe place for children who need hope and a safe place to learn and grow. Jacob's House teaches them to dream a dream and learn what it takes to see their dreams manifest.
If you are looking for a ministy to support, and have a heart for children, then this is your place.
It will not only change the lives of the children at Jacobs House, it will change your life too!




Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

You know the day you look back on and say "That was a perfect day!"....Well, yesterday was one of those days. I spent the day with about 15 kids from Jacob's House. I have three children of my own, so why would I take a day for someone else's kids??.....because every part of it was wonderful!
A little 2 year old seemed to latch onto me. She endured my hugs & fixing her hair. Her big brown eyes, soft and sweet. She is just one of many children that you meet at Jacob's House. I don't know her story, she may have been dropped off in the middle of the night, like many of the children there. Children that have so many stories of why they have been brought to a safe place....Jacob's House. Jacob's House is a top notch place where horse roam, dogs play, kittens, chickens & a log cabin. Penny & Dan love them all..... I am honored to be a part of such a great organization! I found out that they are NOT STATE FUNDED, but are funded by loving people who care about the ones who could slip through the cracks....Jacob's House.....Can't wait for the next great day!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bless them with more time & money. Seems like they could use another vehicle to drive all the kids around together.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Dan Koontz for 10 years. He is a former employee of mine. He is a man of character who is a dedicated Christian. He worked with the "Big Brothers" Organization for many years, helping disadvan-taged youth. I have known Penny for 4 years & have complete confidence in her Vision for Jacob's House. Together they are proven, experienced professionals who have committed their life to the betterment of children. My Company, CounterTop Solutions, Inc. of Broken Arrow Ok. are proud to be sponsor's to this worthwhile & extremely beneficial organization. My intent is to be able to give even more in the years to come. This is good ground where children's lives are being changed forever. I recommend everyone take a serious look at contributing to this fine work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Generate more resources to them

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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