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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

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.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faithfulness is a theme at Jacob’s House. It is one of the chief lessons taught to all who pass through the doors of this ministry to children. The children are taught to be faithful to God, and to the Jacob’s House family; faithful about their schoolwork and their chores; faithful to any commitment they make whether large or small. Faithfulness is held as a principal attribute of strong character.

From a distance, I see the primary way faithfulness is taught is through the daily example of Dan and Penny Koontz lives. The word that best describes them is buoyed. A buoy is an anchored float serving as a navigation mark to show reefs or other hazards. Buoyed in the hand of God is exactly where Dan and Penny choose to place themselves. When storms come, when temptations come, these founders and leaders of Jacob’s House are faithful to stay buoyed to their principals and faith in God that have made their ministry the amazing success it has been over the years. All of the children are taught that they must be faithful to be successful.

Reefs and hazards are inevitable as we navigate the waters of life. Reefs and hazards of life can be an alcoholic or drug addicted parent, abandonment by a mother or father that should have always been there, financial lack, physical abuse, disloyalty and betrayal, troubled and at-risk kids, or a myriad of other painful circumstances.

But staying true to who we are regardless of massive waves, or a broken oar, or a hole in the bottom of the boat is the faithful lesson taught on a daily basis at Jacob’s House.

Stay buoyed to Jacob’s House. Your reward will be the testimonies of the strong, faithful, happy people that are the product of the loving and faithful leaders, volunteers and supporters of Jacob’s House.

If not already buoyed, join up and become part of wonderful organization that gets life changing results!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"A resounding two thumbs up"!
That's if you asked me for my opinion.
Jacobs house is something special. Dan and Penny work from a shoe string budget to provide for those that come through their doors. Many of these youth are from torn families. Broken kids, struggling with rebellion and abuse,confused about the prospect of a future.
The turn around and change is encouraging and really amazing.
I really don't know how owners, Dan and Penny and their Staff do what they do.
What I do know- their are now
many strong individuals and families that are glad, that they did what they did.

I believe that what is done here is changing lives and whole heartedly recommend Jacobs House with two thumbs up.

Chandra C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an AMAZING organization to give back to!
I happen to have had the privilege to get to know Penny Robichaux through Facebook, her book 'I thought you had a bigger dream' & a relative of mine knows her pretty well through circumstances that were tragic for the 3 kids involved.
Jacob's House is very much needed which is a very sad & truly tragic reality, but these kids are super blessed to have her, the other caregivers, this Ranch, etc as a safe haven when life is so hard for them...when so much is against them...when they're no longer able to be apart of their "traditional family".
Truly a remarkable lady & organization! I cannot say enough about Penny, the Ranch, & all she's doing for these little souls that could end up lost in a system that far too many children end up lost in each & every day. I wish more children were blessed in the ways the kids that visit Jacob's House are blessed. If we had more people & organizations like Penny, her caregivers, & her Ranch, I have no doubt that more kids would come out of such loss & tragedy in a much better place...whether their stay be temporary or long term, they're blessed more than they know...beyond measure.
There aren't the right words nor enough space for me to describe or explain what this organization means to so many families past, present, & for future generations to come that will someday know the tragedy that resulted in them being in such a loving place.
I can tell you from a relatives child who had to spend time there which resulted in the child living with his Dad & his brother & sister ending up together, but adopted by another family that if it weren't for Penny & her Ranch, 2 of these kids would not have known love like they did & do now. That's a long personal story I won't go into, but it says a LOT about the Ranch when kids who have come & gone actually want to come back for a visit! How often does that ever truly happen???
Please think about selecting Jacob's House when you're donating. :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Penny and Dan Koontz at Jacobs House. They helped our family during terribly difficult times for us, and have remained good friends in the years since. Penny in particular has been a constant encouragement in our faith and in our daily life. We can see that they truly love God and live consistent with what the Bible teaches about living a life of integrity. We recommend Jacobs House to anyone who needs help in crisis and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Donated food can sometimes overwhelm available storage space and exceed the current needs of individual charities. Recent interaction between Jacob's House and another area charity has enabled them to share their donated foods resulting in a greater variety at each site and maximizing the use of available space to the betterment of all. Any excess food is then donated to a third local charity serving the homeless.
Dan and Penny are dedicated to optimizing the use of all donations to the greatest well-being of the children at Jacob's House and minimizing waste. They lead by example.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dan and Penny are a small portion of what should be greater in this world. The lives of children they have care for are changed so much. They take broken pieces and put them back together. Children that come in withdrawn, hopeless, and alone, find out life can be fun, it can be full of hope, and that family is a beautiful world. Dan and Penny @ Jacob's House are a national treasure.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the last eleven yearsI have witnessed first hand the blessings this family has produced, working nothing short of amazing changes in children's and families lives. Their love knows no boundaries, their efforts at times seem superhuman. My wife and I are so pleased that God allowed us to partner with them. You just have to see what they do to truly understand. The world could certainly use more people and pl homes like them.
Joe Black, Clarksville Arkansas

Donor

Rating: 5

Words cannot begin to describe the love and commitment my dear friends Dan and Penny have for their precious Jacobs House. It is my one and only charity and I do whatever I can to lend a hand and a prayer to the wonderful family there. Jacobs House is a nurturing, faith-filled, Faith- based loving environment, where children do not just simply reside. They are wanted and loved. They are raised as an integral contributing member of the family. Each and every child is given the individual attention that particular child requires. Dan and Penny work seemingly tirelessly to instill good old fashioned values and family unity into each child that is blessed to come to the ranch. What they learn, see and feel will prove invaluable as they go out into the world on their own. My daughter and I sent gifts at Christmas to the darling kids and received handwritten, heartfelt thank you notes from each one that was able to write. Our hearts were so blessed. We both cried. Jacobs House is a cut above thanks to the faithful and committed Dan and Penny. They run the ranch with loving hands and hearts. I wish I could live there!!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard to put into words what Jacob's House means to my husband and I. Because of Jacob's House, we are now parents to two amazing kids and our lives are forever changed in an indescribable way. I first made contact with Penny at Jacob's House seven years ago as I was searching for an internship location to satisfy the requirements for my college degree. Little did I know, I would be walking into the rest of my life. My first day at Jacob's House involved me riding with Penny to pick up a timid, runny-nosed little boy from school. Again, little did I know I was picking up my FUTURE SON. That same day I also met a precious little toddler with wild blonde ringlets and the most precious smile. She and I would form a close bond from that day forward (and now she is my daughter). The years went by and my husband and I remained involved with Jacob's House and their ministry. We even decided to get married on the land. Again, our family was already forming and we were none the wiser. The little wild haired blonde was our flower girl that day and her brother was one of the escorts. It's amazing to look back and know that our own children were part of such a special day. Not only were my husband and I promising our love and commitment to one another, we were also unknowingly promising to one day become a family. Years later Children's Division called and asked if we would be a placement for our two precious kiddos. Fifteen months later, we became an official forever family. One of the most rewarding parts of this whole experience was seeing my son transform into a confident, joyful young man. Once the adoption was finalized there was no longer any hesitation or fear in our son. He knew he belonged to our family and he now had a father for the first time in his life. He was given what he always deserved and dreamed of. I truly believe my children are so well adjusted and resilient because of their frequent stays at Jacob's House. They not only prepared my husband and I to be parents, but they also prepared our son and daughter to be fully loved. I am daily amazed at God's hand in our incredible story. Aside from meeting my children at Jacob's House, my husband and I were also able to invest in many young lives and form relationships that have lasted to this day. We witnessed Penny and Dan pour their all into the dreams and aspirations of the kids. We saw the community step up numerous times to show these children that they are worth it. Jacob's House is truly a unique organization that changes lives. I would know... my life was changed.

1 Bridgett S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Penny Robichoux and Jacobs House are a stellar example of a home that through faith is changing and healing young lives. The examples they are showing these broken lives that are coming to them are transformed for eternity through unconditional love.
I cannot think of a more worthy cause nor one as perfectly aligned with providing life skills to have a perfectly new born life! Thank you for all you do Penny!

Apryll W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been a fan of Penny and Jacob's House for a long time. We used to sing there when we lived closer- miss seeing everyone now that we're so far away. Penny is one of the kindest, most caring, loving ladies we have ever met. The kids that spend time at Jacobs House are blessed to be cared for by her!

Love you all!

Redhead Express/ Walker Family

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and financial supporter of Jacobs House near Branson Missouri, I can tell you there are not enough places like this for all the children needing help. Anyone looking to help kids should call and get involved. It takes a village to raise a child.....pitch in, you'll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.

Regena R.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been long time supporters of Jacob's House and the work that Penny Robichaux-Koontz and her team have done for years on the behalf of others in need. We personally visited Jacob's House last summer and were so pleased to find the good work that is being carried out there. The homes and the grounds were amazing set in a beautiful scenery of hills and trees with horses and cattle grazing on their property. Personally speaking, Penny is one of the most unselfish, determined, God-trusting, spirited individuals I have ever had the priveledge of knowing and it is an absolute honor of being able to call her my dear and faithful friend. She has constantly risen above all that life has thrown her way, and by God's grace remains more than a conquerer. She is passionate about her work with the children at Jacob's House on Thunder Ranch and they are blessed to have her. Penny and her husband Dan are an awesome team in their leadership of this wonderful place called home by children of different ages. So if you are looking for a nonprofit organization to support, no need to look further; you have found a worthy one.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of seeing the success of Jacob's House during visits to the ranch, seeing them at events in the community, and even having the kids in my home and getting to hear their stories first hand. It's amazing to hear some of the tragedies and consider what a bleak future they would've had if not for Penny and Dan and their good work. They also provided respite care a few years ago when we were foster parents and it was great to see how all the kids were so welcoming and eager to help out-a real family!
As a donor we know every dime goes to prosper the future of these kids, it's an amazing organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jacob's House is a GREAT organization. Penny and Dan REALLY care about the welfare of all the children they come in contact with. They want the children to grow and learn and become excellent. Jacob's House always show appreciation for all the gifts and donations no matter the size or kind. They use every donation very carefully and make the most of it.

Donna222

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for this opportunity to share with you A Most Truly Amazing NonProfit....Jacob's House....a home for children of all ages to come live for as long as needed, to learn of Jesus love for them....to re restored, renewed and healed to go into the world and become a Quality people in wherever the Lord leads them. The proof is in their years of success...And the continual visits of former children that are now out in the world, fulfilling their God given calling....

This a home with Lots of structure, discipline, schooling and HUGS....Each child is fully taught that they are a purpose not an accident on this earth....They are given daily chores, schooling and taught how to share, forgive and live well with others...

Jacob's House is Truly Amazing....!!!!! This ministry takes in No federal, state or local funds, it exists of the good well of supporters, and sometimes churches through the holidays....Please read my friend Penny's book on the leading of the Lord to open and sustain this ministry....for children and teenagers.....Where each is daily reminded of Jesus love....for Them.....

I am often AWED when I talk with Penny and Dan to hear of new avenues and plans for Jacob's House....The vision continues to grow, to help so many more children in a hardship of family life and living.....I hope that you will prayerfully consider becoming a supporter of this ministry Jacob's House......

Jacob's House is a ministry of integrity, honor ....A place where Jesus is First, and Always.....I know these people and the work done at Jacob's House....I find myself always leaving a conversation humbled, awed and longing to do better in my own life and for others.....it is my honor given this opportunity to share Jacob's House with all of you....

Blessings, Donna

1 Katherine39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have known the family that runs Jacobs House for 7 years and they are a blessing to the children that come live with them. It's not just a roof and a bed, these kids are truly loved on....it's a home that cares. If your interested in finding out more about Jacobs House you
Can find them on FB and they have a website.

1 Lisa467

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!