“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!”

Special Appeal in Anticipation of Christmas

  • Monetary donations for the Christmas distribution of food
  • Protein-based food (tuna, peanut butter, beans)
  • Blankets, tarps
  • Socks, caps

The Sisters pray that we collect money to provide a special CHRISTMAS BAG of food and a blanket for 1500 of the most helpless families. The Sisters will attend the Masses at All Hallows Church on November 30 and December 1 to meet with the people. In the Franciscan Spirit, Sister Armida knows that “GOD WILL PROVIDE.”

With your support and the care given by the Sisters at the Casa, many men and women are rehabilitated, move into the stream of productive society, and out of a state of disaster. Your generous donations make miracles possible in the lives of the poor. To alleviate hunger is itself a miracle for those who suffer such dire want.  The families living in the colonias/dumps have little control over their circumstances. Our help is life-saving!

The physicians at the Clinic are grateful for your help, which gives them the opportunity to serve and heal the sick. Lab tests, x-rays, tomograpy and ultrasound are available at the Clinic to facilitate their work and ensure that patients receive excellent diagnosis and treatment.

Thank You for Your Contributions — You are Making a Difference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In October, 69 donors blessed us with $20,389.56, plus $1200 for scholarships! We sent Sister an additional $9000 at the end of the month. Your gifts will buy food and medical supplies for the thousands of grateful people who eat in the dining room, come to the Bodega for bags of food, and who visit the Clinic. The Sisters and people pray for you every day. Prayer requests are placed on the altar of the Chapel. Please send your intentions to us.

Contributions are tax-deductible, and we have minimal overhead expenses (just PayPal and credit card fees). Caroline Kelner coordinates a Halloween candy collection that is distributed at Christmas. Please contact Carolyn at 858-761-7644 for details regarding the sorting party scheduled for November 24 at noon.

Sister Armida and the Sisters express their deep gratitude for your continued help all these years as they celebrate 62 years of missionary work in Tijuana. Each day, the Sisters humbly thank GOD and you for His miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS IN OCTOBER

  • 21,200 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Dining Room
  • 1,440 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 2,110 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,540 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 410 people personally attended in the Social Service Office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 32 Scholarship Aids given

“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

“Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.”

Psalm 22:9 

Those whom the Casa serves are destitute. The people live in drafty shacks that are infested with rats and other critters.  They often experience the trauma of empty stomaches, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death.  The Sisters offer rays of light and hope to many men, women, and children through the services offered at the Casa de los Pobres.  Continue reading

“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

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“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