“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.

Special Requests for August

  • School supplies
  • Children’s new shoes and socks

Study is encouraged and parents understand the importance of school. “Education 3 childrenopens doors.” It truly does. The nuns see this. Sisters who teach catechism classes in the Colonias of Santa Julia and the Railroad dumps report excellent progress, with all children eager to learn. Faith is important to them, and it instills many important life lessons. Perhaps poverty teaches authentic dependence on God and hence a stronger Faith? Jesus was poor. Those who receive scholarship aid are very serious and competitive, as they continue to improve in school. The Sisters notice positive changes now that more scholarships are available. Formerly destitute children will eventually become successful adults and able to help their families.

Can you help sponsor a student each month?

The need for FOOD and the BASICS (toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo) — the little things we take for granted — is every present. The Casa will remain open during August this year, with somewhat limited services. The Sisters served 28,600 meals in July!

The Casa Helps Train People for Other Jobs

There are many practical “learning” jobs at the Casa itself: cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, helping to package and distribute groceries on “Bodega Day,”assisting in the clothing room, or driiving the truck. These men and women earn a bag of groceries (on Thursday), plus a small stipend for their work. In this way, they are able to maintain their families with a sense of dignity. The love, support, and training given by the Sisters promotes confidence. Your donations accomplish all of these great works.

The Sisters serve a substantial breakfast each morning in the patio area and provide extra food for lunch. The men, women, and children thank God daily before breakfast for the blessings that YOU make possible in their lives. They pray for us daily. 

Thank You for Helping, Especially in These Difficult Times

We thank 70 families for generous donations of $36,434.19 for food and maintenance, $1500 for scholarship aid, and a special $5000 for COVID-19 preventative care needs from Roher Corp. Thank you also for food, bedding, and lots of kitchen eqipment. Special thanks to St. Patrick’s Church in Carlsbad for food and blankets. Your financial donations keep the people who come to the Casa from hunger and help support vital services in the Medical Clinic. Thank you one and all!

Tax receipts are available upon request. We have NO expenses, except for minimal PayPal and credit card fees.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS TO HIS PEOPLE

 

“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

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

2 kids with Christmas toysTHANK YOU FOR HEARING THE CRY OF THE POOR!  May God bless you for your generous donations to help those living in the slums of Tijuana during this holy season.

You made Christmas a time of JOY for our brothers and sisters in Christ who endure harsh poverty. Those who receive the Christmas gifts have nothing. They live in the dumps on windy hills, and have no running water. Electricity is scarce, delivered via extension cords strung from house to house. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and lung diseases caused by the continual breathing of polluted burning garbage fumes. Continue reading

“Blessed are the poor; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

Luke 6:20

“Senora Virginia S., a widow of 52 years old, comes to Casa de los Pobres. For many years, she worked frying pork. The heat so affected her eyes, that she is totally blind. She never saw a specialist. Her youngest daughter Ruby is 14 years old and in the 7th grade. After school, she works in a grocery store and earns $3.00 US per day. After this, she prepares dinner for her mother and then does her homework. What worries Virginia is not having enough money to give her daughter Ruby food to eat and help her go to school. The house where they live is located at the railroad tracks invasion location, is made of wood, and doesn’t have electricity or running water. We are sending Virginia to see an eye specialist, and we are providing school aid for Ruby. They are very grateful!” Continue reading