1. A home for handicapped and orphaned kids in the care of Matthew Dappen
2. A safe place for hurting kids to come short or long term to enjoy food, activities, encouragement.
3. A place where folks who want to do something meaningful and share Jesus can go and do just that.

2017 – 1. Register land 2. Put in utilities, dorm & bathrooms 3. Plant trees 4. Get Matt and the kids moved in!
2018 – 1. Put in a mess hall/kitchen 2. School/Office & guest room 3. Start gardens 4. Start chickens 5. Build water system 6. Finish loose ends 7. Begin camp!
Future – 1. Hold camps 2. possibly buy more land

Donate: click donate or feed the fire.
These will take you to the Camp Amos & Vida Nueva Donation page.

Pray: for all those involved in the Camp Amos Project
Fundraise: hold a garage sale, bake sale, car wash, etc.
Go to Mexico to help: call or text Bobby if you’d like to go to Mexico to help

Meet the Team

The individuals who make Camp Amos possible

Matthew Dappen


Matthew Dappen has been working tirelessly for 12 years caring for at risk, orphaned and special needs kids. He currently has 8 boys under his care with a variety of different needs, backgrounds and stories. Matt has been father, mother, nurse, chef, teacher, counselor and so many other roles to the boys in his care. He has been faithfully serving without thought to his own comfort and needs. Over the past 11 years they had moved 12 times and Matthew was looking forward to a place to settle down, garden, teach the kids and invite people.

(963)190-0222 Matthew’s Mexican number

Bobby Dappen

Project Coordinator

Bobby Dappen is younger brother to Matthew Dappen. For a time, he also assisted Matthew with the kids home, however the Lord moved him to the states to begin his own family. The kids and Mexico has never been far from his heart or mind. Currently he works for a rockery company and has gained knowledge in project planning and coordinating. On Bobby’s and his family’s recent trip to Mexico the idea and vision for Camp Amos was born. The Lord has blessed his efforts thus far and is moving through Bobby to complete the camp.

(206)954-3618 call or text

Jose and Mila Arzate

Project Foreman for Phase 1 and Chief Cook

Jose and Mila have been longtime friends of the Dappen family. They are from Guayameo, Guerrero the town that the Dappen family lived in for over 20 years. Jose is well respected and known in the community and has completed multiple building projects in Guayameo. Mila is a wonderful cook and her enchiladas are very renown to many people. After Bobby and his family visited them in January 2017 and as the idea for Camp Amos was developed, Bobby invited Jose to come and oversee a portion of the project. Jose and his family were part of  phase one in Las Margaritas. The basic shell of the dorm, bathrooms and laundry buildings were put up.

Enoch & Mari

Foreman and Camp Mom

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Trevor Uptain

Web Development

Trevor Uptain

Uncle Van


Vancleave Berkbigler

Hildi Dappen


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Fere Moreno

Web Editor

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Mike Richardson

Vida Nueva Ministries

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About Us

Our History

The Dappen family began taking in at risk, special needs and orphaned kids in 2004. It started with just a few and grew to at times 20 children. After Art Dappen passed away in 2007 the family moved from Guayameo, Guerrero to Las Margaritas, Chiapas to make running the kids home easier. As the family changed and the Lord moved each of the Dappens in different directions, Matthew and Suzy remained in charge of the kids home. After Suzy married in 2012, she and her husband moved to San Cristobal to begin their own family and are in the process of trying to adopt the three girls in their charge. Matt remained in Las Margaritas caring for the boys. The number often changes from upwards of 15 to his current number of 8. They all have a variety of special needs, backgrounds and stories. Over the 11 years in Las Margaritas they have moved over 12 times for various reasons. Matthew is very excited about having a permanent home to garden, teach and invite others to visit.

Our Heart and Hope

We want to create a safe place for individuals, especially at risk and special needs kids to come and experience the love of Jesus in a way they have never seen before. We want to create a fun, loving, comfortable environment to meet the heart needs of the people in the community. We also want to create a place that we can invite individuals to come bless and serve others. We want to spread the love and healing of Jesus as much as we possibly can!

Our Theme Verse

Isaiah 60:21-22

Then all your people will be righteous
and they will posses the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
the work of my hands,
for the display of my splendor.
The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the LORD;
in its time I will do this swiftly.

Join the Cause

The vision for Camp Amos can only be completed through a community of people. There are many ways you can get involved. Donate, Host a fundraiser, Pray, or Go to Help. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions you can find us through our Facebook page, send us an email at, or call or text Bobby at (206)954-3618.

To donate just click the donate button and it will take you to the Camp Amos & Vida Nueva Donation page. We are partnering with Mike Richardson of Vida Nueva Ministries to make it possible for your donation to be tax deductible. Mike is longtime friend of the Dappen’s and a seasoned missionary who has been laboring in Mexico since 1992. He works mainly with families to encourage them for Christ.

You can also mail donation checks to:
Vida Nueva Ministries
1001 S 10th St – Ste G-529
McAllen, Texas 78501
in the memo please put: Camp Amos Project

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