About voice of angels
Voice of Angels is a 501c3, faith-based non-profit based in Maple Plain, Minnesota serving the children of Fonds-Des-Negres, Haiti. Our orphanage currently serves 18 children and the work continues so that we may provide for others as needed. Our goal is to provide shelter, food, and education for children facing some of the most difficult circumstances in the world. We are bringing 10s of 1000s of pounds of clothing, shoes, as well as personal care supplies, tools, and vehicles to Haiti to provide for the children of Caroline’s House, our orphanage, as well as the needs of other children and families in our area. Our facilities are being outfitted to allow more mission trips to help us build up these children and show Christ's love. We are building a church that will support 100s of worshippers. We are building a bridge to handle safe transport of students to school, and so much more. Please lock arms with us through your prayer and financial support. We thank you for your interest, and for your compassion for these little ones, His most precious creation, Made in his own image, and entrusted to our care.
Steve and Venite
Contact: Steve Vanoss
Executive Director, Voice of Angels
5130 Industrial St #100
Maple Plain, MN 55359
612-500-1995 US. / 011-509-3194-4949 Haiti
Here is Steve's story - one that recently ran in his hometown newspaper, The Laker Pioneer;
Maple Plain resident is making a difference in Haiti.
By: Diana Stein
May 12, 2018
When a massive earthquake hit the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on January 12, 2010, people around the world rallied to contribute food, clothing, money and services to the victims of the storm. Among them was Steve Vanoss, the owner and operator of the Maple Plain-based pitching-equipment manufacturing business First Pitch.
“I started going to Haiti after the earthquake,” Vanoss says. “I’d done that kind of work all my life; I worked for many years in the inner-city in Chicago on a church-based mission [and] I worked in Mexico some, but after the earthquake I went to Haiti.”
While the world’s attention turned elsewhere a few weeks after the catastrophic earthquake, Vanoss was just getting started.
“I’d known poverty, but it was just a whole different level,” Vanoss says. “These kids are desperate, hungry, naked, with no hope in their eyes, and God just shook me and I just thought ‘this is where I need to be.’”
Over the last eight years, Vanoss has returned to Haiti about 60 times; he lived there for more than a year and frequently travels back-and-forth between Minnesota and Fonds-des-Negres, a remote village and the site of Caroline’s House, the orphanage he founded in 2016.
“It’s kind of a multi-faceted project,” Vanoss says. “We’re building a children’s home, and it’s a 5,000-square-foot building that will ultimately be for the girls, with a boy’s home on the same property. Right now, we’re working on the second and third level of that first home.”
Caroline’s House is named after a 6-month-old girl Vanoss encountered in 2015; the malnourished child passed away a short time after Vanoss met her, but she lives on in the name and mission of the orphanage where Vanoss strives to provide not only basic necessities but a loving, family-like environment to help the children thrive.
The orphanage currently houses 14 children, many of whom have disabilities or whose parents cannot afford to care for them. Vanoss hopes to prepare them for bright futures, and several are enrolled at the local school.
“That’s their future,” Vanoss says. “It’s so important: you can feed them and clothe them and keep them from dying, but we need to do more than that.”
One of Vanoss’ current projects is shipping vehicles to Fonds-des-Negres; the vehicles serve as a reliable form of transportation and often as ambulances in the remote area, where the terrain can be treacherous and emergency services difficult to access.
Vanoss recently purchased a used school bus, which he hopes to fill with donated items before shipping it overseas in July.
“I really would like to fill that bus with a lot of personal care things: shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant,” Vanoss says, noting that such everyday items are very expensive to purchase in Haiti. Clothing is also in high demand.
Steve and Venite Vanoss