About us


In 1991 a team was sent out from Lüdenscheid in Germany with the task of setting up a drug rehabilitation center. After some adjustment and language studies, the rehab program officially started in 1992 in Antipolo - today's Set Free Center. Besides doing rehab, the team saw an obvious need in the city regarding the urban poor and street children situation. To address these needs, the City Mission was developed in 1993 with a focus on evangelistic outreaches to the streets. As a result, the Father's House was started in 2001 to provide a home for street children.

We are licensed and accredited by the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and network with them as well as other NGOs to minister to children and youth in the Philippines. HELP International CMC (Christian Missionary Community) is the Philippine foundation of HELP International Philippinen e.V. and is part of FCJG Lüdenscheid (Free Christian Youth Community) in Germany.


Senior Leadership Team

Leiterschaft Philippinen

Jonathan Pieren (left) and his wife Dori are fully Swiss and were missionaries in Uganda prior to their commitment to HELP Philippines. They moved to the Philippines in 2006 with their three children. Everyone just loves the Philippines!
Jonathan is the Officer in Charge of the Set Free Center (rehab) and a carpenter by profession. If times allows, he loves to work on some wood. Furthermore, he is on the senior leadership team of HELP Philippines.
Dori Pieren takes care of the family and works with communications.

Mariana Garriz (middle) has worked fulltime in the City Mission since 1996, and today she is leading the City Mission with all its branches. She is a visionary and strong pillar in the ministry and her heart is always going out to the lost, broken-hearted and people whom no-one would give a dime for.
Since the year 2013, Mariana is also part of the senior leadership team of HELP Philippines.

David Specht (right) and his wife Jeannine are native Swiss and have been part of the Father's House family and staff since the year 2010. Both love children and especially have a heart for teenagers and young people. Besides being wondeful parents to their daughters, Lena and Jael, they are wide open to also take parential responsibilities in the lives of the Father's House kids. Besides, David is on the senior leadership team of HELP Philippines, and Jeannine is one of the leaders of the School of God, ministering to youth.