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.”
People arrive at the Casa while it is still dark and cold. This winter is especially cold, dark, and wet! Breakfast lines are extra long. People start to arrive at 6:00 am, circle around the sidewalks outside the Casa, shivering while waiting for the gate to open. They need blankets and 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 for help and support. The Casa is truly their home.
How You Can Help in March
The Sisters request:
- Blankets, tarps
- Warm jackets, socks, warm sweaters — all in good condition
- Over-the-counter medications
- Soap, towels
- Any extra citrus fruit you may harvest from your yard
All used items are presorted by the Sisters at the storage unit in Chula Vista and transported in private autos, when available. Permits are required for everything, and used clothing is not allowed in the truck.
Sister Armida says, “Thank you for all 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.”
Thank you for your generosity to God’s beloved poor
We thank God for all of you who donate money to feed the hungry people, and for your donations of blankets, food, and warm clothing. In late December, we received many handmade blankets along with food and other gifts from Carlsbad’s St. Patrick’s Parish creative CCD classes. These presents were distributed at the Christmas celebration to the delight of many.
This month’s donations were $32,231,37 by 67 donors, including 2 large donations totaling $15,000. The funds will be dispersed throughout the year. Many tarps and new blankets were donated as well. Thank you!
Thank you for your continued conations in these troubled times. We are grateful! The Casa is a real life example of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. And we have NO overhead except minimal PayPal and credit card fees.
“God is in charge, and we are His helpers.” Sr. Armida
JANUARY 2020 REPORT
- 17,300 people of all ages were served hot meals in our Dining Room
- Countless received handouts of food daily
- 1,130 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
- 2,200 bags of groceries were given
- 1,260 families obtained clothes, blankets, tarps, and house supplies
- 450 people personally attended in Social Service Office
- Groups came to do haircuts
- 32 scholarship aids were given for supplies