“No good is ever done without some cost and pain to the doer.”

St. Bishop Fulton Sheen

Can You Make the Holidays Brighter for Those Who Have Nothing?

Kids and Sister in blanketsThis year, no toys will be allowed to cross the border for Christmas. Sorry news! But we can provide these sorely needed items to make the holidays brighter for our brothers and sisters in Tijuana:

  • New shoes and socks
  • Blankets
  • Caps
  • Tarps
  • FOOD! (protein-based food especially needed now)
  • MULTI-VITAMINS (especially needed now)

As nights get colder, the warmth that food provides becomes critical for those in poor health. The families living in the Colonias/dumps suffer greatly during the winter months and often become sick.

Your donations may be left at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Everything is tax-deductible, and receipts are available upon request. We have no overhead, except for minimal fees from PayPal and credit card donations.

Special Appeal in Anticipation of Christmas

The Sisters pray that we collect money to provide a special CHRISTMAS BAG of food and a blanket for 1,500 of the most helpless families.

Our appeal begins the first Sunday of Advent (November 29). But due to COVID, the Sisters will not be at All Hallows Church this year. True to the Franciscan Spirit, Sister Armida is certain that ‘GOD WILL PROVIDE.’

Can you help by doing God’s work? Please make your Christmas donation now.

Are you free on November 21 or 22 to help sort Halloween candy to be distributed at Christmas? If so, contact Caroline Kelner 858-761-7644 for details of the sorting party.

This is Just One Story From Those You Help with Your Generosity

“Maria Sofia, a 56-year-old widow, came to the Casa asking for help. She has great woman in blue, Sofianeed because she has a sick brother at home who had a stroke. Sofia takes care of him. Two years ago, her daughter and husband died in a house fire, and Sofia has to take care of her two granddaughters. The oldest is 14 and in high school. The other is 12 and in 6th grade. ”

“The house where they live is rented. Sofia works cleaning two houses, but is not able to work now because she is taking care of her brother who has total paralysis. That is why she came to the Casa very distressed and in need of help, since a neighbor told her that we help very poor people like her.”

“We gladly gave her the weekly pantry card, money for the younger girl for school uniform, and we are providing school aid. She is very grateful with tears saying, ‘thank you, God bless you.”

The People and the Sisters of the Casa Need You Now, More Than Ever

Naomi

 

The virus crisis has added numerous complications and extra costs to safely minister to the hungry and destitute. Thank you for your ever generous and thoughtful help as the Sisters meet these new needs! Your gifts will buy food and medical supplies for the thousands of grateful people who now eat in the patio area, who come to the Bodega for bags of food and who visit the Clinic.

  • We sent $1,520 to assist budding scholars.
  • Thank you for the donations of food, bedding, and school supplies. The children are back in school and are grateful for your help.

With your support and the compassionate care given by the Sisters at the Casa, many men and women are rehabilitated, move into the stream of productive society, and out of a state of disaster. Your generous donations truly make miracles possible in the lives of the poor.

WE PRAY THAT GOD MAY BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE IN HIS CARE

 

“The Lord turns His eyes to the just and His ears to their appeal. They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress.”

Psalm 34

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR FOOD IN TIJUANA, AS MANY FOOD PANTRIES ARE CLOSED. Your monetary and food donations are needed urgently!

Jose a 6-year-oldMeet Jose, a 6-year-old. He told one of the Sisters: “I want to present to you my mom. Her name is Monica and I have a little sister who is three weeks old. My other sister is called Mireya and she will be two years. My dad is Jose. He works in a factory but earns little money. I like very much to play ball and soccer. When I get home from school, my mom gives me a yummy soup and then I do my homework that my teacher gives me. When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor to help the people who are sick and don’t have money to get well.”

Jose is a boy that is very enthusiastic and likes studying a lot. With your help, he can continue on to become what he dreams about: a doctor to help others. This is a good example of scholarship aid in action. Continue reading

“A Christian is not his own master; his time is God’s.”

St. Ignatius of Antioch

man carrying g“I am Jesus, I am 67 and homeless. After losing my job and money due to COVID-19, I went to Casa de los Pobres asking for help with deep appreciation for all the mercy I have found. I kindly asked for a pair of tennis shoes, pants, shirt, underwear, and socks. At the same time, I want to thank those who provide all these blessings and the hands of the volunteers who made possible the delivery of these gifts to us, the most vulnerable people of our society. For your help and understanding, thanks!”

Multiply this story many times. These suddenly out-of-work men have discovered the Casa and ask for more than the Sisters are able to provide. But an unexpected bequest has permitted the Sisters to buy some tennis shoes, socks, and underwear at Costco in Tijuana temporarily. Continue reading

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118

The virus situation in Tijuana is serious, and your extra donations are very much appreciated. Many men are out of work and are coming for the first time to ask for food, shoes, socks, underwear, and toiletry items. Thanks to several large donations, the Sisters are joyfully shopping at Costco in Tijuana to purchase the much-needed sneakers (at very good prices) and other items. Sister Armida and the Sisters are thrilled to provide such necessities for these men. You can imagine how they all must feel!  THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

The Sisters, cooks, and helpers are working long hours to feed and care for all who come. Food must be specially-packaged, hand washing facilitated, mask distributed, and on and on. This is costly. Continue reading

“The just man is generous and gives.”

Psalm 37

“My wife and I lost the room where we used to live because the Maquila where we were Man wearing mask and blanketworking closed. Right now, we are living on the streets or in the parks. When we have some money, we pay for a shelter. I want to thank all the people who selflessly help us. Really, thank you very much. I really don’t know what would become of many of us, mainly all of the elderly like me.  I am 64 years old and lost my job 2 months ago, and my few savings ran out. Someone told me about this place, so I started coming 4 days ago.”

These stories are good examples of what your monthly donations provide. We thank God for YOU! Continue reading

“This day was made by the Lord; let us rejoice and be glad.”

Psalm 118

SOS! The Casa needs face masks!   

Can you help us keep the people of the Casa safe? The Sisters serve 800 meals per day, and need more face masks! Can you sew a few? Or this company will deliver a pack of 12 for $24.99 plus tax: https://stores.customink.com/health-wellness/products/1842

You can deliver face masks to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Continue reading

Urgent Need for Non-Perishable Food Now!

Can you help us in this most-urgent time of need? 

Sister Armida says the Casa is out of food. Many more are coming to eat during the coronavirus crisis, and the Sisters are having difficulty keeping up with the demand.

Our drop-off location at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 hasn’t received any food or other donations for at least two weeks.  Can you help us during this urgent need for food?

We specifically need:

  • Tuna, peanut butter, canned milk, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, assorted pasta

Your donations can be left outside the door at 6432 Cardeno Drive. If you don’t want to personally shop for these items, you can have them shipped directly to our drop-off address.

Thank you for your generosity during this crisis.

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

Psalm 22:9

“Alberto, 32 years old, and Cristina, 28, live in a suburban colony distant from the city of Tijuana. Their conditions of living are very poor. They have a boy 3 years old, and recently a baby girl was born premature. The father is a mason worker and earns very little to support the family. The newborn baby, Rosita, was in the incubator for a month, had intestinal surgery, then eye surgery.

“The couple came to the Casa in tears, telling their story. Because of the care for Rosita, both take turns to care for her, so the father cannot go to work. They are so desperate and sad. Alberto has been begging to have money for transportation to and from the hospital, trusting in Divine Providence so they can have something to eat. Now the baby is at home after the second eye surgery, and they need eye medication. Continue reading

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”

quote from Pope Francis

“Sergio Z. is 19 and currently studying and working part-time. He is very thankful that the Casa de los Pobres is helping and supporting him with food and scholarships. He wishes to thank the Sisters who have helped him and his family, to the Casa volunteers, and to the Father who is always helping everyone. He thanks all of the benefactors for their help! Sergio hopes to be able to continue with school and one day, give back to others.” Continue reading