“Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.”

Psalm 22:9 

Those whom the Casa serves are destitute. The people live in drafty shacks that are infested with rats and other critters.  They often experience the trauma of empty stomaches, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death.  The Sisters offer rays of light and hope to many men, women, and children through the services offered at the Casa de los Pobres. 

  • Truckloads of food and blankets are taken to the distant colonias periodically for those unable to make the long trip.  Traveling to the Casa is a long trip and is expensive with many bus transfers.

“We stuffed our little truck full of food early one morning and drove about 45 minutes to a remote colonia.  Smoke, dust, garbage everywhere, random collections of wood and scrap stacked together to pass for shelters.  Many side-by-side, all covered with black soot and white ash.  On the way to our distribution site was a cube the size of a small house with noxious black smoke and flames escaping from above.  This brown chimney was the community’s primeval kiln used to make bricks and served as the main source of income. It felt almost an insult to give to these poor so little:  a pint of rice and beans, six pieces of fruit, and possibly a chair.”  Nicholas Baylor, Novice SJ

The people living in the colonias outside the city are especially distressed due to our recent rains and extreme cold in the mornings and evenings.  They have difficulty getting to and from their homes because of deep ruts that make the mucky, juddy roads nearly impassable. 

  • The Casa is swamped with requests for extra FOOD and BLANKETS

Please keep the Sisters in your daily prayers. Prayer is an important part of this mission where God provides through us all.  If you can donate to help us, may God bless you for your goodness to his poor. 

How You Can Help!

BLANKETS AND STAPLE FOOD ITEMS ARE NEEDED NOW, along with: 

  • Bedding, towels, personal and laundry soap
  • Beans, rice, peanut butter, tuna, canned milk, bottled water
  • Extra backyard fruit
  • Children’s vitamins, baby Tylenol, diapers, soap for babies and children
  • Fabric, thread, and yarn (the women make items they can sell)

Crossing the border into Tijuana is becoming much more difficult with the new administration in Mexico.  Well-off officials seem to have no idea what it means to be impoverished. 

Countless restrictions and regulations have been imposed upon the Sisters.  Food, blankets, household items, linens and toys all equire permits to cross the border in the truck.  Many hours are spent asking and waiting for those permits, and this part of the Sisters’ work is difficult and tedious.  Please pray for this situation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS HELP!  

Jesus says in the Gospel, “the poor you will always have with you.”  Many of these poor cannot help themselves because of sickness, deformity, or old age.  The Casa is their literal lifeline.  Some who come to the Casa need only a few months of temporary help, while others are totally dependent.  Those who come for help do not choose this life!  “There but for God go I.”

  • In February, 20,395 meals were served at the Casa.  That’s more than 728 meals a day!
  • In March, 23,800 meals were served — 767 per day.  

We have no overhead except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.  Everything you contribute goes directly to help the people.  The truck comes to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 every Tuesday to pick up your donations.

“I see the fear people try to hide when asking for help”

From Sr. Armida:  “Thank you for all of your efforts to support this place of endless needs and requests.  Begging is not easy.  I see the fear people try to hide when asking for help. God bless them — they are humble and innocent.  The needs of the poor are simple:  from baby formula to a handful of beans, from a tablet for pain to a wheelchair, from a plea of prayer for a sick person and to assistance for burial.”

How You Can Help

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“O God, you are my strength.”

Psalm 18.

Fifteen hundred families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps of Tijuana, Mexico to attend an early morning Mass in very cold weather. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, fruit, and instant coffee. A breakfast of cocoa and hot cinnamon buns was served to those waiting in the long line to receive the gifts.

The patio was decorated for Christmas and a live manger scene was created by bringing two or three animals from the City of Mercy Mental Hospital in Rosarita Beach.  Continue reading

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“She cried so much for the gratitude she felt to God.”

“Mrs. Maria L., 29 years old, came to the Casa some days ago and was very nervous and in anguish. She could hardly explain what was happening to her. She is married to Juan who works as a mechanic and earns 1800 pesos ($100) a week. They have an 11-year-old son in the 6th grade and a daughter in the 2nd grade. The daughter suffers from epilepsy, and they have no medical insurance. She was receiving treatment in a mental health hospital in Tijuana. On their last visit, they were told that because of some hospital changes, it was decided to stop treatment to children with certain disabilities.” Continue reading

“The man who truly loves God also loves his neighbor.”

St. Anthony Claret, Bishop

From grateful children who received school supplies:

“Thank you for your support all these years. May God bless you and your family because your kindness with the school supplies helps us.  I thank the Lord because I’m healthy and I feel happy due to all the blessings I receive.”  Alex G.

“My name is Juan Carlos. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Math is my favorite class and soccer my favorite hobby. When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer, but I know that I have to study really hard in order to become one. That’s why I thank God and you so much for all the support that you’re giving us. May God bless you and your family for your kindness.”   Continue reading

“We fulfill the demands of justice of providing for the poor.”

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“Many, many thanks for the economic support that you have given to us during the months.  Thanks to this, we can obtain stability in the school environment and with regards to school expenses, and I know that not many others have the opportunity to be able to continue. You have given us great help that motivates us to continue forward. I hope this continues, as I also wish the same and hope to continue with a career.  God bless you with love.”  Mariana Q.  (graduated high school with a 9.3 GPA, equivalent to about a 3.7 or A-) Continue reading

“Invest your wealth according to the command of the Most High. It will yield a profit far greater than gold.”

Sirach 29:11

“Around 8:30 pm in late June, yelling voices at the gate were asking for help. Three young men who had just arrived in Tijuana were saying so fast, ‘WE ARE VERY HUNGRY. PLEASE SOME FOOD.’ We opened the gate, had them sit on a bench, gave them juice, water, and bread.  They kept saying in between crying how hungry they were.  It was heartbreaking. One of them had much fever. We got them food, and they calmed down and explained how they got here and how one of them had been working in Mexicali.  He earned some pesos which someone stole.

“Their clothes were dirty and torn.  They said how bad they felt. They were very cold and looked for warm sweaters.  We found them a place to spend the night. The next day they came and had showers in the new place for showers we now have in the new bathrooms. They know they can come for breakfast and the taquitos lunch. May God bless us all. We thank Him for his Divine Mercy.” Continue reading

“The Righteous Shall Flourish Like the Palm Tree.”

Psalm 91:13

“A man named Louis O, 36, came to Tijuana from another place where he was working as a driver of heavy trucks.  Because of the very bad roads, he left to come here, because he was afraid of the danger to his life.  He could not work with that tension, as he wants to work peacefully and support his family.

It has been one year since he left the family to come here, and he thanks God because he found a job as a mason assistant in Tecate, B.C.  What he earns is not enough to send much economic help to the family for the feeding of his children who are 10 and 8 years old. Continue reading

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 26:40-41

“Araceli, age 19, did not get enough oxygen at birth and incurred brain damage which affects her speech and nervous system.  She needs help and medications for a lifetime. Her mother, Gloria, and older sister have always asked for help. When they arrived in Tijuana, they came to the Casa to ask for support with the medicines.  The Sisters arranged for them also to come to the Casa on Thursdays for weekly groceries.  Gloria praises God for having found this place for food and medicines for her daughter.  She strongly remarks that God’s good touches hearts who can help others in need.  When she is offered a job cleaning houses, she does it.” Continue reading

“He has filled the hungry with good things.”

Luke 1:51-52

“Mrs. Maria J. is 67 years old and lives alone in her little house that her son built for them.  He died two years ago. Maria has had breast cancer for 2 years, had surgery but it returned, and she had a second surgery. The medication she needs is very expensive. She cannot afford to buy it since she cannot work, because her medication doesn’t allow her to be in the sun. She has problems with swollen legs and walking is difficult. Casa de Los Pobres is helping to supply her medication. In order to survive, she gets food from the Casa on Bodega Day, and neighbors give her little things that she can sell for a small profit to buy her drinking water, bus fare, and gas for the stove. Maria thanks God for the help she receives from the Casa.” Continue reading