We asked Sister, “what are the greatest needs?” Sister Armida’s answer is:
- Blankets, tarps
- Over-the-counter medicines
- Warm jackets, socks
- Soap, towels
All used items are presorted by the Sisters at the storage unit in Chula Vista and transported in private autos — an arduous task. Permits are required for everything, and used clothing is not allowed in the truck.
Blankets, Tarps, and Food are Especially Needed During this Time of Year
People arrive at the Casa while it is still dark and cold. Winter is always cold at night and breakfast lines are extra long. People start to arrive at 6 am and circle around the sidewalks outside the Casa, shivering while waiting for the gate to open. The people need hot protein food to warm them. The Casa is a place of refuge, spiritual solace, and friendship for the many men, women, and children who come here.
At night, families huddle together to try and keep warm. Because of your goodness, Sister was able to purchase more blankets and some extra food for an out-lying Colonia. A generous couple donated hundreds of tarps in December and January. The excitement was high as the Casa truck rolled into a far Colonia (in the dumps) to distribute new blankets, new tarps and food. Both children and adults ran to the truck to receive their precious gifts. They felt loved, special, and remembered, thanks to you!
WE THANK GOD for all who donated money to feed the hungry people, and for you who donated bedding, food, and warm clothing. The Sisters are grateful for the blankets from Scripps ER delivered by Ron. Hundreds of new tarps and blankets were donated as well. Your generosity for January was $15,480.21 from 38 donors. End-of-year giving was $7,000 (from four donors). Thank you! We received $5,000 again this year from a charitable organization that supports scholarships. This money assists many deserving young students during the school year! The students say “thank you!”
Thank you for your continued donations in these uncertain times. We are grateful for YOU. The Casa is a real life example of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes daily.
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MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TO HIS POOR.
“Be Merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36
JANUARY 2018 REPORT
- 20,010 people of all ages were served hot meals in our Dining Room
- Many people received handouts of food daily
- 1300 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
- 1650 bags of groceries given
- 1835 families obtained clothes and house supplies
- 386 people personally attended in Social Service Office
- Groups came to do haircuts
- 1 trip to far colonias to bring tarps, blankets, and food
- 24 Scholarship aids