Buckner has served children and families in the Rio Grande Valley community since 1971. We provide innovative programming to support vulnerable children and families living in poverty in the colonias along the Texas/Mexico border. We also help support the community through the Rio Grande Children’s Home and other humanitarian aid projects.

Programs Overview

valley-rgchThe Rio Grande Children’s Home in Mission, Texas, provides a loving, Christian home for children and sibling groups in an effort to keep families together. Committed houseparents and staff provide emotional, spiritual and educational support that encourages each child to grow their sense of self-worth and to discover their special purpose in life.

Buckner children are active in the community. They attend public school and participate in many extracurricular activities, including the 4-H program established through the Carruth 4-H Center on campus. An on-campus activities coordinator provides the children with a variety of leisure and recreational activities.

With three family-style cottages, the Rio Grande Children’s Home is available to take care of large sibling groups and small children. Through our home-like atmosphere and Christian commitment, children find the hope and healing they need – and a place to belong.

valley-fhcThe Family Hope Center in Peñitas, Texas, focuses on improving the lives of individuals and families in communities that experience moderate to extreme poverty by providing a holistic ministry approach. The Family Hope Center offers case management, social services, education and training, business development and humanitarian aid, addressing the physical, spiritual, medical, emotional and vocational needs of clients.
valley-fhc2STAR provides short-term counseling and support to children and teenagers (ages 0-17 years of age) with a history of juvenile delinquency, family conflict, runaways and more. Services are provided free to the community and help strengthen families. STAR is located in McAllen and Harlingen, and serves Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Brooks and Kenedy counties. For more information, call Buckner STAR at 956-630-6285. (Funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services).
valley-missionsBuckner has several ministries that meet the needs of families living in the Rio Grande Valley. We provide clothing, shoes, vitamins and other humanitarian aid and emergency assistance. There are missions opportunities for church and community groups. We work in the colonias neighborhoods to rebuild homes and distribute humanitarian aid. Click here to learn more.

Latest News from the Rio Grande Valley


Featured Volunteer Opportunities — We Need You!

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Youth in the Rio Grande Valley challenged to show hope through photo contest

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The week one mission team poses for a group photo. Photo: Kalie Lowrie, Texas Baptists

Woman’s Missionary Union completes third annual Women’s Build

Woman's Missionary Union of Texas sent two mission teams over two weeks to build one beautiful, purple house for a family served by the Buckner…

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For one mother, hope comes in the form of a corn cart

By Lauren Hollon Sturdy Buckner International Leticia Tellez is a single mom, practically speaking. Her husband is in jail for an unpaid speeding…

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Get Involved in the Rio Grande Valley

You can join us in improving the lives of hurting children and their families through one of our Rio Grande Valley programs. Your support is critical to their success.

Contact Us

Rio Grande Children’s Home
3780 N. Bentsen Palm Dr.
Mission, Texas 78574

Buckner Border Ministries
956-583-2041 phone
956-584-8626 fax (Colonia program)

Family Hope Center
39614 Mile 7 Road, Ste. 3
Peñitas, Texas 78576

STAR Program
1713 East Tyler, Suite E
Harlingen, Texas 78550

STAR Program (Hidalgo, Camaron and Starr counties)
5425 N. McColl, Suite A
McAllen, Texas 78504