About Us

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.  

Led by the Rev. Feliberto Pereira, executive director, the team of devoted Christians seeks to glorify God through service.

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.

Our People

Feliberto Pereira
Founder and Executive Director

Joel Pereira

Sharmin DeMoss 
Program Development Coordinator

Flora Guiterrez

Compasión Campus

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is located outside Bayview, Texas, near Los Fresnos, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, about a half-hour’s drive from both Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas. Our ministries are situated on a five-acre campus we call Casa Compasión, or “House of Compassion.” Casa Compasión is home to both refugees paroled to our custody and volunteers who visit us on adult and youth mission trips. Volunteers have built all of our facilities, which include dormitories, bath facilities, a warehouse for emergency food supplies, a kitchen and dining facilities, an office, a caretaker’s cottage, a garage for tools and mowers, an educational building, and a chapel. 

On the grounds, we offer an outdoor chapel and plenty of yard space for games and picnicking. The Casa Compasión campus hosts adult and youth mission groups who are kept busy with their building projects. For the teens, we leave time for a trip to nearby South Padre Island at the conclusion of their stay with us. Casa Compasión is also used for weekend spiritual retreats for people of all faith backgrounds.

If you are interested in scheduling an event at Casa Compasión,
  please contact us.

If you would like more information about facilities for mission trips, please click here.

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.