We are The Poor Household of God, a foundation run out of Glen Ellyn, Illinois whose mission it is to help the Oikos Sisters, pictured below, in their calling to reach out with love to the poor of Eastern Samar in the Philippines.  See what sparked our desire to assist the Oikos Sisters by clicking here.         

The Oikos Sisters celebrated their 25th Founding Anniversary and renewal of their vows on May 3rd, 2023!  They wish to thank all the donors and prayer warriors of The Poor Household of God for all their years of love and dedication to their mission.  To read more about the celebration, click here!



In 2005, a small group of lay missionaries from the Diocese of Joliet, Partnership in Mission, travelled for the first time to the town of Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines. It was on this mission that we met Sr. Minerva, elder/servant and the Oikos Sisters. Since then our medical and construction teams return to Borongan annually in February for two weeks. As our relationship grew and we continued to witness the dynamic ministry of the Oikos Sisters, our desire to help them resulted in establishing the Poor Household of God, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2008, making all donations tax-deductible.  

The founders/associates of the Poor Household of God are all volunteers committed to aiding the Oikos Sisters as they care for God’s beloved poor. We are a small organization with a big heart. Due to the benevolence of our associates all operating costs are covered, which allows all of the money donated to go directly where it is intended, to the poor!  We feel we have been guided by the Holy Spirit every step of the way as we continue to assist the blessed ministries of the Oikos Sisters.

The Poor Household of God Mission Statement

The Poor Household of God is dedicated to supporting the
Oikos Sisters’ charitable works for those in need, enabling them
to help provide food, shelter, education, medical assistance –
whatever the needs are as they love, serve, live and journey
with the poor of the Philippines.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28