About Us

Our Mission

The Mission of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is to teach the love of Jesus Christ by building a renewed sense of wholeness and dignity and by standing with those who are broken, especially among refugees and those who are disenfranchised and displaced.  The Good News of salvation is lived out by addressing spiritual and material needs, including emergency shelter and food, clothing, transportation, legal aid, advocacy and job referral through a cooperative effort with other agencies and religious organizations.

We carry out this mission with three ministries:  Almacen (“soul warehouse”), All God’s Children, and Jericho Journeys.

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is blessed to have a very small but dedicated professional staff to minister to refugees, asylum seekers, and others in need. Most are volunteers who have served with us in the Valley for years.  

For a vibrant history of SWGSM and of Rev. Feliberto, read I was a Stranger by Feliberto and co-author Chris Kelley, available through SWGSM or Amazon. 

Our People

Joel Pereira

Flora Guiterrez

Compasión Campus

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is located outside Bayview, Texas, outside of Los Fresnos, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley.  We are about a half-hour’s drive from both Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas. Our ministries are primarily led from a five-acre campus we call Casa Compasión, or “House of Compassion.” Casa Compasión is a campus of over a dozen buildings, including cabins, bunk houses, warehouses, two chapels, and group meeting facilities. All living spaces have kitchen and bath facilities. Volunteers have built all of our facilities and continue to maintain and expand them.  

On the grounds, we offer an outdoor chapel and plenty of yard space for games and picnicking. As part of our Jericho Journeys ministry, the Casa Compasión campus hosts adult and youth mission groups who come for retreats, workshops, and opportunities to serve in the Rio Grande Valley community.  For the teens (or any beach lover…), we suggest building in time for a trip to nearby South Padre Island at the conclusion of your stay with us. Casa Compasión is also used for spiritual retreats for people of all faith backgrounds.

If you are interested in scheduling an event at Casa Compasión, or more information about our facilities for mission trips, please contact us.

Most groups travel to us by car, van or bus. Parking is plentiful. Our ministry is also served by three major airports in Harlingen, Brownsville and McAllen.

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is located at 28259 Pereira Compassion Road. Please contact us if you need additional information on directions.