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!
The men, women, and children who come to the Casa are weak, need medical care, food, and clothing. They are overwhelmed with physical and mental ills. The Sisters provide hope, courage, strength, and love to these people. Most are hungry, and so they apply for food cards from the Social Service Office. Often, they have no food at home. The cards enable hundreds to come for “Bodega Day” each Thursday to receive a bag of donated groceries — beans, rice, a few vegetables, a can of food, and some day-old bread. FOOD IS UPPERMOST IN THE MINDS OF THE POOR. Feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, providing clothing and other necessities are the great works of mercy and are the heart of the Casa. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THESE WORKS OF MERCY BY YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS.
Thank You for Helping!
The Food Packaging Event at St. Brigid’s Parish on June 3rd was a huge success thanks to the dedicated work of Caroline Kelner and her many volunteers. We thank the local merchants who donated great prizes for the raffle. We thank St. Brigid’s Pastor Msgr. Steven Callahan and the many helpers, including the Band. You are great!
For the month of May, 26 scholarships were provided that assist eager students to learn. Can you help to sponsor a student with a monthly scholarship gift?
In May, we received 56 donations totaling $16,264.31! You can donate online (you don’t need a PayPal account), or mail your check (made out to Casa de Los Pobres USA) to Pat Erzinger, 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.
How You Can Help with Food Donations
Special appeal from Sister Armida: all types of staple food items are requested:
- Beans, rice, tuna, canned milk, peanut butter, oatmeal.
These groceries are given to the people on Bodega Day and in emergency situations. One of our own generous donors purchases food, toiletries, and fabric for baby blankets by watching for store specials and clipping coupons. Every two to three weeks, she delivers over $300 worth of food! What a vocation! We also need:
- Sheets, Towels, Blankets
- Women’s warm jackets and sweaters. NO OTHER WOMEN’S CLOTHING CAN BE ACCEPTED. The jackets and sweaters must be cleaned, ironed, and folded as flat as possible to be transported in the trunks of private autos.
- Excess fruit from your trees: oranges, limes, lemons
- Extra home-grown vegetables
You can leave your donated food and other items on the porch at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. We have no overhead except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.
IN THE NAME OF THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES RECEIVING PART OF WHAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU, AND ON BEHALF OF THE SISTERS OF THE CASA, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU
May 2017 Report
- 27,320 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
- Many people received handouts of food daily
- 525 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
- 1,620 bags of groceries were given
- 1,445 families obtained clothes and house supplies
- 420 people personally attended in Social Service office
- Groups came to do free haircuts
- 26 Scholarship aids were given
- 2 trips were made to deliver food, clothes, and shoes to some neighborhoods