St. Basil the Great
“Jose Luis Perez, 78, a widower, came to the Casa in July, saying he was feeling very sick. He suffers high blood pressure with swelling and pain in both knees. Jose was very tired, because he walked for 3 hours. For 3 days, he had no medication nor money to buy it, nor had he eaten for 2 days.
“He said, ‘Sister, I come sick, no medicines, no food, much pain and high blood pressure. Please just give me a tablet for blood pressure and something to eat. I had only one son, who was my companion, and he worked to give me food. Someone killed him, and now I am alone, sick, and hungry.’
“After taking care of his immediate needs, we gave him a card/pass to come on Thursdays to get food (Bodega Day), and also a Clinic Card. After the doctor took care of him very immediately, he left tranquil. He said, ‘THANK YOU for all you gave me! I came with such pain and suffering, but also with the hope that God will help me through this.’ He is following the advice of the doctor and coming to get his food and is grateful.” Sr. Gudelia, Social Services
How can you help
SPECIAL REQUESTS: school supplies, backpacks, shoes, and socks
The Nuns encourage study, and parents understand the importance of school. The Sisters who teach classes in the Colonias of Santa Julia and the Railroad/Dumps report good press with children eager to learn. Many who received scholarship aid are now nurses, lawyers, and business people. These successful adults were destitute children when they came to the Casa some years ago.
- In July, 26 scholarship aids were given to students.
The need for FOOD and the BASICS (toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo) — the little things we take for granted — is every present.
The difference you help make by supporting the Casa
The Sisters serve a substantial dinner-like breakfast each morning, and provide whatever extra food they have for a lunch in the patio. The men, women, and children thank God daily before breakfast for the blessings that YOU make possible in their lives. They pray for all of us daily.
- In July, 22,658 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room, along with many handouts of food.
There are “learning jobs” at the Casa: cooking, washing dishes, helping to package and distribute groceries on “Bodega Day”, assisting in the clothing room, or driving the truck. These people 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 builds confidence. Your donations accomplish this.
- THANK YOU for your generous donations of $16,122.78 from 54 families.
- Thank you for bedding and FOOD.
- Special thanks to All Hallows Church for the many bags of donated school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and all that good stuff).
- An extra donation of $6,442.24 was given through the RU7A Chula Vista Cycling Club. They sponsor an event each July to support the Casa.
Thank you one and all! Your financial donations keep the people who come to the Casa from hunger, and help support vital services in the Medical Clinic.
No one is ever turned away. Tax receipts are available upon request. We have no expenses except minimal PayPal and credit card fees.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS TO HIS PEOPLE