“I see the fear people try to hide when asking for help”

From Sr. Armida:  “Thank you for all of 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.”

How You Can Help

We asked Sister, “what are the greatest needs?”  Her answer:

  • Food (beans, rice, sugar, flour, peanut butter, tuna and other staple foods)
  • Blankets (do you have any old blankets you’re not using?)
  • Tarps
  • Over-the-counter Medicine
  • Warm jackets, warm sweaters, socks in good condition
  • Soap, towels
  • Extra citrus fruit you have from your yard

All used items are presorted by the Sisters at the storage unit in Chula Vista and transported in private cars — an arduous task.  Permits are required for everything, and used clothing is not allowed in the truck.  

The Casa Spreads Light and Warmth

People arrive at the Casa while it is still dark and cold.  This winter is especially cold 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.

Thank You for Your Sacrifices

WE THANK GOD for all of you who donate money to feed the hungry people, and for your donations of blankets, tarps, food, and warm clothing.  We are always grateful for the blankets from Scripps ER delivered by Ron.

  • In December, we received many handmade blankets along with great gifts from St. Patrick’s Parish creative CCD classes!

These were distributed at the Christmas celebration to the delight of many.  This month, we sent Sister $18,923.55 from 67 donors, which includes $2000 from Kiwanis International Fund and $646 from All Hallows Parish.  Thank you!  Late Christmas giving was $7,000.  We received two large donations totaling $30,000 that will be spread out over the year.  New tarps and additional money for blankets were donated as well!  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.

We have no overhead, except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.

“God is in charge and we are His Helpers.”  Sr. Armida

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TO HIS POOR

JANUARY 2019

  • 21,560 hot meals were served in our Dining Room  (that’s more than 695 meals a day!)
  • Countless people received handouts of food daily.
  • 1,315 General Medical Clinic visits and prescriptions filled
  • 1,600 bags of groceries were given
  • 2,595 families received clothes and house supplies
  • 380 people personally attended in Social Service Office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 26 Scholarship Aids to break the cycle of poverty.  Can you help?
  • 6 trips to the outlying colonias to deliver blankets and tarps

 

“O God, you are my strength.”

Psalm 18.

Fifteen hundred families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps of Tijuana, Mexico to attend an early morning Mass in very cold weather. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, fruit, and instant coffee. A breakfast of cocoa and hot cinnamon buns was served to those waiting in the long line to receive the gifts.

The patio was decorated for Christmas and a live manger scene was created by bringing two or three animals from the City of Mercy Mental Hospital in Rosarita Beach.  Continue reading

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“She cried so much for the gratitude she felt to God.”

“Mrs. Maria L., 29 years old, came to the Casa some days ago and was very nervous and in anguish. She could hardly explain what was happening to her. She is married to Juan who works as a mechanic and earns 1800 pesos ($100) a week. They have an 11-year-old son in the 6th grade and a daughter in the 2nd grade. The daughter suffers from epilepsy, and they have no medical insurance. She was receiving treatment in a mental health hospital in Tijuana. On their last visit, they were told that because of some hospital changes, it was decided to stop treatment to children with certain disabilities.” Continue reading

“The man who truly loves God also loves his neighbor.”

St. Anthony Claret, Bishop

From grateful children who received school supplies:

“Thank you for your support all these years. May God bless you and your family because your kindness with the school supplies helps us.  I thank the Lord because I’m healthy and I feel happy due to all the blessings I receive.”  Alex G.

“My name is Juan Carlos. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Math is my favorite class and soccer my favorite hobby. When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer, but I know that I have to study really hard in order to become one. That’s why I thank God and you so much for all the support that you’re giving us. May God bless you and your family for your kindness.”   Continue reading

“We fulfill the demands of justice of providing for the poor.”

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“Many, many thanks for the economic support that you have given to us during the months.  Thanks to this, we can obtain stability in the school environment and with regards to school expenses, and I know that not many others have the opportunity to be able to continue. You have given us great help that motivates us to continue forward. I hope this continues, as I also wish the same and hope to continue with a career.  God bless you with love.”  Mariana Q.  (graduated high school with a 9.3 GPA, equivalent to about a 3.7 or A-) Continue reading

“Invest your wealth according to the command of the Most High. It will yield a profit far greater than gold.”

Sirach 29:11

“Around 8:30 pm in late June, yelling voices at the gate were asking for help. Three young men who had just arrived in Tijuana were saying so fast, ‘WE ARE VERY HUNGRY. PLEASE SOME FOOD.’ We opened the gate, had them sit on a bench, gave them juice, water, and bread.  They kept saying in between crying how hungry they were.  It was heartbreaking. One of them had much fever. We got them food, and they calmed down and explained how they got here and how one of them had been working in Mexicali.  He earned some pesos which someone stole.

“Their clothes were dirty and torn.  They said how bad they felt. They were very cold and looked for warm sweaters.  We found them a place to spend the night. The next day they came and had showers in the new place for showers we now have in the new bathrooms. They know they can come for breakfast and the taquitos lunch. May God bless us all. We thank Him for his Divine Mercy.” Continue reading

“The Righteous Shall Flourish Like the Palm Tree.”

Psalm 91:13

“A man named Louis O, 36, came to Tijuana from another place where he was working as a driver of heavy trucks.  Because of the very bad roads, he left to come here, because he was afraid of the danger to his life.  He could not work with that tension, as he wants to work peacefully and support his family.

It has been one year since he left the family to come here, and he thanks God because he found a job as a mason assistant in Tecate, B.C.  What he earns is not enough to send much economic help to the family for the feeding of his children who are 10 and 8 years old. Continue reading

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 26:40-41

“Araceli, age 19, did not get enough oxygen at birth and incurred brain damage which affects her speech and nervous system.  She needs help and medications for a lifetime. Her mother, Gloria, and older sister have always asked for help. When they arrived in Tijuana, they came to the Casa to ask for support with the medicines.  The Sisters arranged for them also to come to the Casa on Thursdays for weekly groceries.  Gloria praises God for having found this place for food and medicines for her daughter.  She strongly remarks that God’s good touches hearts who can help others in need.  When she is offered a job cleaning houses, she does it.” Continue reading

“He has filled the hungry with good things.”

Luke 1:51-52

“Mrs. Maria J. is 67 years old and lives alone in her little house that her son built for them.  He died two years ago. Maria has had breast cancer for 2 years, had surgery but it returned, and she had a second surgery. The medication she needs is very expensive. She cannot afford to buy it since she cannot work, because her medication doesn’t allow her to be in the sun. She has problems with swollen legs and walking is difficult. Casa de Los Pobres is helping to supply her medication. In order to survive, she gets food from the Casa on Bodega Day, and neighbors give her little things that she can sell for a small profit to buy her drinking water, bus fare, and gas for the stove. Maria thanks God for the help she receives from the Casa.” Continue reading

“As God has given to you, so you must give to others.”

Colossians 3:11

Caroline Kelner is orchestrating another fun Food Packaging Event on Saturday, May 12 between 10 am and 3pm at St. Brigid Church parking lot in Pacific Beach.  All are welcome to help assemble 57,600 meals for the poor.  Food is available after 12:00 noon along with raffle tickets, lively Mexican music and friendship. 

Donations are needed to offset the $12,500 cost for the food packaging ingredients.  That’s less than 22 cents per meal!  You may donate and sign up at https://saintbrigidparish.weshareonline.org.  For more information, call Caroline at 858-761-7744 or email her.

How you can help by donating needed items

Sister Armida writes, “We are struggling very much to keep services going.  Prayer is our strength to keep our faith deeper in God who provides for us all.  The Casa asks for:

  • Bedding, towels, both personal and laundry soap
  • Staple food items
  • Bottled water

The need for food is always great.  The women appreciate donations of fabric, thread, and yarn to make items they can sell.  The Sisters always encourage the people to help themselves. Continue reading