“Support the weak, be patient with all; seek to do what is good for each other and for all men.”

Thessalonians 5:14-15  3 scholarship recipients

Sister Armida writes about the children who receive help from the Casa: “Little students who may not have electricity to do their homework go out to sell candy, donuts, flowers, help make bricks, collect in the dumps, and often cry because they are hungry.”

“It is amazing how some of these children are able to get good grades and keep up in school, as the tendency is to leave the classroom and go out to work so young. Some mothers are handicapped, some grandparents are taking care of the children.  Many mothers are sick, or work cleanng houses or caring for the young children.”

“Under these painful circumstances, the children still have dreams. They want to be someone in the future, as they express in their thank you notes.”

“Some of them have climbed to the point of high school graduation. Others are trying to enter university, which is very difficult. Some look for a job to help support the family.”

“All through this course, they are very grateful for all they receive from the Casa by way of you kind benefactors.”

Your Donations Help Over 500 Students!

Student with New ShoesSchool increases dignity in the children by giving them a proper education in the “3 Rs,” while the Sisters instruct them in the important Spiritual tenets of our Faith. Your donations enable the Sisters to help over 500 students with school supplies and other necessities. With the Scholarship Fund money (from your Adopt a Student donations), the Sisters find worthy students who truly desire to study and improve their life situation. These students discover vocational goals and work toward them. It is an exciting time of life for these dedicated children and they appreciate our help!

Can You Help with School Supplies, New Shoes, and New Socks?

SPECIAL REQUESTS: 

  • School supplies (book bags, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, binders)
  • NEW shoes
  • NEW socks

There is always a need for staple food, vitamin pills and the basics — toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo — the things we take for granted.

PLEASE NO USED CLOTHING OR SHOES.  It cannot be taken across the border.

Tax receipts are available upon request.  We have NO expenses, except minimal PayPal and credit card fees. Your donations go directly to the poor.

No one is every turned away. Please pray for these people, as they pray for us.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GENEROSITY TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN NEED

Thank you for your kindness this month. We sent $20,873.72 to our Franciscan Missionaries from 72 donors and $1,200 in Scholarship Aid. Thank you for your gifts of bedding, school supplies, and food. These donations brighten the lives of those who come to the Casa. The people thank God daily before breakfast for the special blessings that you make possible in their lives. We also sent $9,000 for needed repairs for the Casa.

“He gave freely to the poor; his righteousness will endure forever.”

From 12-year-old Rubi, whose mother died when she was two, and her father is unknown.  A good neighbor adopted her and her brother.  They are poor, humble, and HARD workers.  “I want to thank the Sisters and everyone that forms part of Casa de los Pobres for all the support through all these years. Thank you for everything that I have received such as shoes, food, and apparel. I am beyond grateful to you. Thanks for not only helping me but also many more people. I have done my Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation here, and now we’re a big family that will never disappear. People are really grateful for all the support we get from the Casa. Thank you so much for everything.”  

How You Can Help

SPECIAL REQUESTS:  more school supplies, especially shoes and socks.  Continue reading

“If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?”

1 John 3:17

Help Break the Cycle of Poverty with SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

For the remainder of July, the Sisters request School Supplies for the children: 

  • notebooks, pencils, pens, book bags
  • socks, new shoes

Your donations can be dropped off at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 in July only (the truck doesn’t come in August) or at All Hallows Church on La Jolla Scenic Drive South in La Jolla in July and August.

The Sisters encourage education along with vocational training. The Casa Scholarship Program (bus money, uniforms, and a small tuition) helps serious students attend primary and advanced schools.  For dedicated pupils, this always leads to a decent job which breaks the vicious cycle of poverty.  Many of the students eat breakfast at the Casa and travel to school with full stomaches and clear heads. Continue reading

“Where God finds charity with its loving concern, there He recognizes the reflection of His own Fatherly care.”

St. Leo the Great

Education is Breaking the Cycle of Poverty!  

This month, we sent Sister $2,180 in designated scholarship aid.  Two students are now attending University — this is unheard of!  Many younger ones are excelling in school because of your scholarship aid.  Thank you, thank you! 

This is how you can help break the cycle of poverty, by adopting a studentContinue reading

“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light.”

John 13:34

“Jonathan S. is a teenager who lives with his mother and four siblings in a little borrowed house at the edge of the railroad in Tijuana. His father died 3 years ago. Jonathan always looks for work, so he can help his family. He sells doughnuts and makes mud bricks on weekends.  Now that he is studying in 8th grade, he sometimes abandons school because he does not have school supplies, uniforms, or shoes. His mother works making mud bricks to be able to care for her four younger sons. The Casa helps the family with food, uniforms, and scholarships. With this help for Jonathan, he no longer needs to work making mud bricks on weekends (besides, that is not a suitable environment for a teenager). All his family thank God for the support they receive at Casa de los Pobres.”   Continue reading

“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.  Continue reading

“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