Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“Maria has been coming to the Casa off and on. She had two sons. One died at 19, and the other is in jail. She returned recently to say she has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She has a 13-year-old granddaughter living with her, and this young girl is her only “family” and companion. She is in the first year of Middle School. They live in a small loaned house and cannot afford to pay rent. Maria works cleaning houses, doing laundry and ironing to earn money for their support. She came to us concerned, worried, and very nervous, because she has been programmed to receive 6 sessions of chemotherapy at the cost of 6,000 pesos ($333.00 US) each session. She begs for money, and the Casa has helped to complete her treatment program. This gives her some tranquility, and she is very grateful as she wants to live and see her grauddaughter grow.”

The Sisters at the Casa love and care for everyone who comes to them for assistance. In large part, their ability to provide care is because of your generosity and love for your neighbor.

The Casa Christmas distribution in Tijuana is on December 22. Those who receive the Christmas gifts have nothing. They live in the dumps on windy hills with no running water. Electricity is scarce. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and lung diseases caused by breathing polluted burning garbage fumes.  Let us help them!

Thank you for your continuing support during Advent

Please pray for the people and the Sisters.  The impoverished men, women, and children who come to the Casa are truly grateful and feel your love and care. Without YOU, they would not celebrate such a Happy Christmas.  Sister Armida relies on “God to Provide.”  He surely does through your open and loving hearts.

GOD BLESS YOU for your generous donations to help our brothers and sisters in the slums of Tijuana during this holy season. We are grateful to Fr. Jerry O’Donnell, All Hallows La Jolla Parish Pastor, who warmly supports the Casa.  Our regular monthly donors sent us $13,874.29 this month.  As of December 2, we received $29,315.00 from our Christmas letter appeal, which includes $5,000 from the Michael and Dawn House Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation, $15,000 from a special San Diego donor, and $2,500 from a generous La Jolla couple.

Your donations will help to provide a special bag of groceries for 1,500 of the poorest families along with the precious gift of a new blanket. Sister Armida has ordered the blankets!  Caroline Kelner and helpers packaged (in ziplock bags) over 3,250 pounds of candy (from Halloween) for the Christmas distribution. Pretty amazing!  Thank you Caroline and Santa’s Helpers.

Everything you donate is tax-deductible.  Receipts are available upon request.  We have NO overhead, other than minimal PayPal and credit card charges.  We need your MONTHLY help, and would love to add you to our regular mailing list. Please contact Pat 858-551-9245, Jackie 858-412-5544 or Caroline at 858-761-7744 and we’ll be happy to add you and answer any questions you have.

WE THANK GOD FOR YOUR GOODNESS AND WISH YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HOLY NEW YEAR

Make Miracles this Christmas: “The man who truly loves God also loves his neighbor.”

St. Anthony Claret, Bishop

This past year has seen many disasters around the world and in the U.S. We view the situation of the poor in Tijuana as a constant disaster.  With your support and the care given by the Sisters at the Casa, may men and women are rehabilitated, move into the stream of productive society, and out of that state of disaster.

The families living in the Colonias/dumps cannot help where they were born and have scant control over their circumstances. The Sisters promote education for the children to help lift such families out of this downward spiral. It helps!  Because of you, the Sisters assist many studious children with the “scholarship” program. This consists of helping the students with bus money, uniforms, school supplies, and shoes, and enables many young boys and girls to remain in school.  Can you help “Adopt a Student” and support your student with a monthly gift? Continue reading

The Sisters Celebrate 60 Years of Missionary Work in Tijuana

“A well that has many sources never runs dry. When we are gone, others will come after us.”  Ugandan Martyrs

On September 1 at Our Lady of Grace Church in El Cajon, a wonderful Fiesta party began with Mass.  After Mass, a famous Fr. Gil meatball dinner was served, lively music played, then speakers, video, and prizes.  This was to celebrate the 70th birthday of Fr. Gil Gentile (a Director of Casa de Los Pobres USA) and the Sisters’ 60 years of extraordinary missionary work in Tijuana.  

Many gave generous donations in honor of Fr. Gil and the Casa Sisters.  To date, $21,885 has been received from 33 donors.  This month, 58 regular donors contributed $20,451.93 which includes a generous $6,000 from a Family Foundation.  Thank you!  Thank you also for donated items including food, bedding, school supplies, and miscellaneous items. Continue reading

“He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.”

Luke 1:52

older woman  Mrs. Marie Elena Lopez, age 75, came to the Casa de los Pobres the beginning of July, saying her husband died 4 months ago. They rented a small house and had no children. After her husband’s death, she could not pay the rent and begged the owner of the small house to let her live there a few more months, while she found the means to pay or find a job. One day, she left to look for a job washing clothes or cleaning a house.  When she returned, she found the door closed and her belongings outside in the street.  She had some things of sentimental value still inside, but could not get them back.  

She cried very much and was so worried, but then she thought, “we take nothing with us from this world except the good deeds that we do during our life.”   Continue reading

“When you give to the poor, you are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward for good deeds goes to those who perform them.”

St. Basil the Great

“Jose Luis Perez, 78, a widower, came to the Casa in July, saying he was feeling very sick.  He suffers high blood pressure with swelling and pain in both knees. Jose was very tired, because he walked for 3 hours. For 3 days, he had no medication nor money to buy it, nor had he eaten for 2 days.  

“He said, ‘Sister, I come sick, no medicines, no food, much pain and high blood pressure.  Please just give me a tablet for blood pressure and something to eat. I had only one son, who was my companion, and he worked to give me food.  Someone killed him, and now I am alone, sick, and hungry.’

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“Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak. The Lord will save him on the day of evil.”

Psalm 40

“From my part and from all my little patients, MANY THANKS for your continued support to Casa de los Pobres. With your help, we have been able to attend them from Monday to Friday, all the sick little children that come here, and be able to find soon the sicknesses on time and, if necessary, send them for hospital care.  The most cases are malnutrition, diarrhea, bronchitis, pneumonia, parasites, skin problems, and treating them on time. I had control of nutrition because of low weight triplet girls.  Now, they are four years old and in the normal weight range. I also see children with cerebral paralysis. Thank you.”  Dr. Norma Ramirez, Pediatrician

“I am a general medicine doctor, collaborator in Casa de los Pobres, and am grateful to all friends and benefactors for their valuable support that they give to the Casa.   Continue reading

“What is this new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest”

Guadalupe is a 44-year-old widow from Veracruz. She came to the Casa very desperate and angished, as her husband recently died from a fall while working on a high ladder.  She has 5 young children.  Her husband’s work manager would not take any responsibility for the accident.  Guadalupe works cleaning houses when possible, but her children are small, and she has no one to help her care for them. They all live in one small room, but at least they are together.  She receives clothes, food on Thursdays, and Clinic services for herself and the children.  In September, the three children who go to school will receive backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes. She is very grateful! Continue reading

Scholarship Donations at Work! “As God has given to you, so you must give to others.”

Colossians 3:13

“First-year University student Anayeli, 17, and her mother came to Casa de los Pobres very worried to ask for help, so she may continue her career at the University. Anayeli lives with her mother, father, and brothers, 15 and 11 years old.  Her father works at a car wash and earns less than the minimum each week.  Her mother cleans houses two days a week earning a few pesos.  These small earnings don’t cover the rent, electricity, water, transportation, or school fees and supplies. Anayeli works half-time as a receptionist earning about 32 pesos a week.  With the help of the Casa, her parents, and her own earnings, Anayeli hopes to continue her education at University, so she can become a Child Psychologist to specialize in disabilities.”   Continue reading

“The kind of fasting that pleases me is sharing your food with the hungry.”

Isaiah 58:6

“She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God.”  

“Thank you for helping us with food and school supplies. My family and I are very grateful to the people that make possible this great support. My daughter is very moved to continue to be a better person, student, and good citizen. She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God. The rewards always come from heaven and they are manifested through people like you, of good heart.”  Sincerely Ralf and Liria, parents to Isis.  

What if this was your life?

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