“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.

The Sisters serve a hearty breakfast (7:30 – 10:30 am) of oatmeal, milk and bananas, beans, and either meat or eggs, coffee and milk.  They distribute bags of food from the Bodega each Thursday.  Bean and cheese burritos and peanut butter sandwiches are served in the afternoon as often as possible.

Food is an Ever-Present Need

We also welcome your donations of:

  • Extra backyard fruit and vegetables
  • Non-perishable food (beans, rice, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Bedding

Thank you for providing food and help for the poor.  Your generous donations are acknowledged each day in the dining room where hungry men, women, and children thank God for you and the food you supply. 

Sixty-seven families/individuals contributed $17,792.10 for food and operating expenses and $2,500 for scholarship help during the month of June.

The Casa has helped create other services to help the poor in Mexico and Peru

The Casa is now 78 years old . . .

“In the early years, 5 Sisters left our congregation to form a new one named Oblates of St. Martha.  They dedicated themselves to feeding and eventually educating the children.

“Lay and Religious persons who have shared their time and goodwill working at the Casa used this model to start many similar communities.  Tony Ralphs, who bought a school bus, asked our founder where he could help, and was told to go to Colonia Santa Julia in Tijuana.  There, he started feeding the children in the bus, and with time, built an orphanage that embraces many children.

“Dominican Sisters, after spending a long time at the Casa and visiting Colonias, established a place similar to the Casa in Colonia La Esperanza, Tijuana, which is presently a great source of service for the poor people there.

“Another community was established in La Paz, B.C. in an area of very poor people.  There was a small school, with children who often fainted for lack of food.  A dining program was set up under a tree to feed the children.  The dining room continues today with a nice setup, while keeping the tree as a remembrance.

“For many years, our community was present in Reynosa, Mexico.  Franciscan Friars there learned about our services to poor people here at the Casa.  A Friar came to visit us, and adopted our model to start a dining room in Reynosa where immigrants had access to meals.  Later, they expanded to other locations.

“In Ocona, Peru, where our community was present for 11 years, we opened three different dining rooms for the families.  In one of them, the people built a brick oven and learned to make bread.  They built a second place called La Quebrada, and a third also in this area with a small school.  Children and teenagers missed school frequently due to lack of food. 

“In 1976, Jesuit Novices from Calif. Province came to Tijuana (after many decades) to work at the Casa in their Formation program.  Blessed be God!  We continue to have their presence and support.”

“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light.”  John 13:34

Isn’t it inconceivable that just 30 minutes away from our comfortable homes, children who want to go to school frequently can’t — due to lack of food.  Or that children faint in school due to lack of food.  You can help us change this.   DONATE NOW

JUNE 2019 — God Continues His Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

  • 20,055 people of all ages served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
  • Countless received handouts of food daily
  • 1,240 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,650 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,155 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 450 people personally attended in Social Service Office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 3 trips to far colonias
  • 31 scholarship aids given!


“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! 

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“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

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















“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