Rex Head, Founder
After adopting two healthy little girls and a young boy with cerebral palsy, my wife and I wanted to do more to help children without parents. We visited and gave assistance in orphanages in several countries, but when visiting girls in an orphanage in Cuenca, Ecuador, I had the feeling that somehow these girls were different. It was like they were my own children. We returned a couple of times as a family and then with a group of volunteers from Ricks College.
In 1998, my wife and I formed a nonprofit organization that began sending groups of volunteers to serve continually, an organization now known as Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO).
Since starting OSSO, we've served up to 14 orphanages in Ecuador along with orphanages in many other countries. This has all been possible thanks to the gracious financial, volunteer, and consulting support offered to us over the years.
I am now a grandpa of four grandkids; and in addition to the three children my wife and I adopted, we've been blessed with three biological children."
Rodrigo & Lorena Rosero, Orphanage Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO
We started working with OSSO in March 2001. We worked as Project Directors for several years until we became the Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO. As Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO, we serve the children of OSSO by overseeing the employees, finances, and all the needs of the orphanage. We count on the invaluable help of the Orphanage Coordinator to achieve the organizational goals and objectives.
We’ve been working at OSSO, we have met over a 1,000 volunteers. We’ve lost count of how many, but we remember them all. The best experiences we’ve had as a family have been during the time we’ve had with OSSO. Half of our marriage has been here, and we’ve learned a lot of things from all the people who have entered our lives. Each person has left a permanent mark in our hearts that has molded our lives. The hard thing about this job though, is having to say goodbye to wonderful people, but at the same time the best part is being able to meet new people full of the spirit of service. As Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO we have learned that it is a blessing to be able to see the world through the eyes of an inocent child. These children are angels and it is a priviledge to have them in our lifes.
We have two children and a poodle, Cosita. Our oldest daughter, Sammy (23) lives in the USA with her husband, Noah. Our youngest son, Ismael (16) enjoys video games and playing the guitar. We are a close family and love spending time together.
Jake and Brittany Goodsell, Volunteer Directors: Cuenca, Ecuador
Jake first came to OSSO as a volunteer with his family in 2012. He completed his Eagle Scout Award by donating over 400 pairs of gently used children's shoes to orphanages in Quito and Cuenca. Though his first visit was short, his experience left a lasting impression on him and a strong desire to return to see the children he had grown to love.
Jake served an LDS mission in western Idaho and graduated with a degree from Brigham Young University in Communications. He is passionate about learning Spanish, playing the drums, and all things Star Wars.
Brittany developed a deep love for the people of Ecuador and a proficiency in Spanish while serving as a missionary for the LDS church there. Before coming to OSSO as a Volunteer Director, Brittany studied Graphic Design at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about photography, painting and all things Harry Potter.
Brittany and Jake met in Provo, Utah while attending college and quickly bonded over their unique experiences serving in Ecuador. They have been married since August 2018. As Volunteer Directors, they love developing relationships with their amazing volunteers and frequently taking them into town for ice cream.
Service has a profound effect on both parties involved. If you serve with OSSO you will not only be blessing the lives of orphans here in Ecuador, but you will come home different, changed for the better.
Kirstin Winters, Volunteer Director: Chiang Mai, Thailand
I grew up in Mesquite, Nevada where the sun always shines. I earned my Bachelors of Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah in 2014. I have traveled to Guatemala, Cambodia, and Thailand with various volunteer groups. I love adventure and prefer to travel with a purpose, although I will travel to a beach anytime!
Having volunteered with multiple organizations, I knew OSSO was special. I was instantly drawn to the special needs orphanage in Cuenca and knew that is where my heart belongs. OSSO has given me the opportunity to do what I am passionate about; care for and love disadvantaged youth. Not only the experience to open my heart to these children, but OSSO has given me the opportunity to experience Ecuador. I have enjoyed the many cities, landmarks, and unheard of characteristics of Ecuador that I am in love with. I encourage all to share this experience with me, to fall in love with Ecuador and the beautiful children OSSO cares for!
Kirstin was in Cuenca for 18 months as the volunteer director there and is now directing the summer program of 2017 in Thailand.