“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.

“Here at the Casa, we have provided for food and medicines, and the family comes to eat in the dining room. Alberto has worked some days in a temporary job. They are grateful to God for the Casa and feel relief with their heavy situation. They have hope that their baby girl will be fine with care and treatment.”

Can you help with BLANKETS and STAPLE FOOD items?

The people living in the colonias outside the city are especially distressed due to our recent rains and extreme cold in the mornings and evenings. The Casa is swamped with requests for extra FOOD and BLANKETS. The strugle of these people for the basic necessities of life is unrelenting.

Can you help? We need:

  • Blankets 
  • Staple foods: beans, rice, tuna, peanut butter
  • Children’s vitamins, baby Tylenol, non-prescription items for babies and children including diapers and soap

Food, blankets, household items, linens, and toys all require permits to cross the border in the truck. Many hours are spent asking and waiting for permits. This part of the Sisters’ work is difficult and tedious. They exhibit constant patience and love to everyone.

Thank you for doing God’s work to help His poor

Thank you for thinking beyond your own needs — to help those who cannot afford what they need to live. 

The people pray each day to thank God for the help your donations provide. Sixty families contributed $19,832.08 in February. This included a generous donation of $1500 from Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and an IRA check for $5000. A separate scholarship check for $1220 was also sent. The men, women, and children say THANK YOU! Thank you to those who gave blankets, bedding, and FOOD.

We have NO overhead, except minimal PayPal and credit card fees. Virtually everything you contribute goes directly to help the people. The truck comes to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 every Tuesday to pick up donations. You can leave your items at the front door.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS AND JOY

“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

“No good is ever done without some cost and pain to the doer.”

Bishop Fulton Sheen

From grateful children who received school supplies on distribution day, Hector writes: “I want to express how thankful I am for the support you have given us today, thank you for all the school supplies and the backpack. It is really helpful to us, especially to my dad since he lost his job and cannot afford all the school expenses. May God bless you everywhere and every single day and multiply all the blessings that you have given us today. Thank you so much.”

“Thank you so much for helping me with school supplies. We are a low income family and this is helping us so much, especially to our kids because they were given all the materials to keep studying, learning, and become better persons, and to be prepared for the future. Thank you, God bless.”  Miguel R. Continue reading

“Support the weak, be patient with all; seek to do what is good for each other and for all men.”

Thessalonians 5:14-15  3 scholarship recipients

Sister Armida writes about the children who receive help from the Casa: “Little students who may not have electricity to do their homework go out to sell candy, donuts, flowers, help make bricks, collect in the dumps, and often cry because they are hungry.”

“It is amazing how some of these children are able to get good grades and keep up in school, as the tendency is to leave the classroom and go out to work so young. Some mothers are handicapped, some grandparents are taking care of the children.  Many mothers are sick, or work cleanng houses or caring for the young children.” Continue reading

“He gave freely to the poor; his righteousness will endure forever.”

From 12-year-old Rubi, whose mother died when she was two, and her father is unknown.  A good neighbor adopted her and her brother.  They are poor, humble, and HARD workers.  “I want to thank the Sisters and everyone that forms part of Casa de los Pobres for all the support through all these years. Thank you for everything that I have received such as shoes, food, and apparel. I am beyond grateful to you. Thanks for not only helping me but also many more people. I have done my Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation here, and now we’re a big family that will never disappear. People are really grateful for all the support we get from the Casa. Thank you so much for everything.”  

How You Can Help

SPECIAL REQUESTS:  more school supplies, especially shoes and socks.  Continue reading

“If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?”

1 John 3:17

Help Break the Cycle of Poverty with SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

For the remainder of July, the Sisters request School Supplies for the children: 

  • notebooks, pencils, pens, book bags
  • socks, new shoes

Your donations can be dropped off at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 in July only (the truck doesn’t come in August) or at All Hallows Church on La Jolla Scenic Drive South in La Jolla in July and August.

The Sisters encourage education along with vocational training. The Casa Scholarship Program (bus money, uniforms, and a small tuition) helps serious students attend primary and advanced schools.  For dedicated pupils, this always leads to a decent job which breaks the vicious cycle of poverty.  Many of the students eat breakfast at the Casa and travel to school with full stomaches and clear heads. Continue reading

“Where God finds charity with its loving concern, there He recognizes the reflection of His own Fatherly care.”

St. Leo the Great

Education is Breaking the Cycle of Poverty!  

This month, we sent Sister $2,180 in designated scholarship aid.  Two students are now attending University — this is unheard of!  Many younger ones are excelling in school because of your scholarship aid.  Thank you, thank you! 

This is how you can help break the cycle of poverty, by adopting a studentContinue reading

“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light.”

John 13:34

“Jonathan S. is a teenager who lives with his mother and four siblings in a little borrowed house at the edge of the railroad in Tijuana. His father died 3 years ago. Jonathan always looks for work, so he can help his family. He sells doughnuts and makes mud bricks on weekends.  Now that he is studying in 8th grade, he sometimes abandons school because he does not have school supplies, uniforms, or shoes. His mother works making mud bricks to be able to care for her four younger sons. The Casa helps the family with food, uniforms, and scholarships. With this help for Jonathan, he no longer needs to work making mud bricks on weekends (besides, that is not a suitable environment for a teenager). All his family thank God for the support they receive at Casa de los Pobres.”   Continue reading