“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.”  

From Yosseline — “I want to thank you for all the things we have received, especially all the school supplies and the support to keep studying. Also thanks for your kindness to all of us kids, because it makes us really happy. God bless you all.”

Carolina A. says — “Thank you for providing us with shoes and school supplies because it will help us a lot. Although that is important, even more important is giving thanks to all the people that work here at the Casa.  I pray to God so He can help them the same way He helps us. It is really important to take good care of all the things you have given us. We know they’re filled with love. Thank you!”  

SPECIAL APPEAL for Christmas

The Sisters pray that we collect enough money to provide a special CHRISTMAS BAG of food along with a blanket for 1500 of the most helpless families.  (The Sisters will attend Masses at All Hallows Church, La Jolla, on December 1 and 2 to meet with parishioners.)  We need increased cash, food, and toy donations for the poor families who live in the dumps just 40 miles from our warm homes.  In the Franciscan Spirit, Sister Armida believes with all of her heart that “GOD WILL PROVIDE.”

Especially needed now are:

  • Socks, Caps
  • Blankets, Tarps
  • FOOD (especially protein-based foods like peanut butter, tuna, beans)
  • MULTI-VITAMINS

As nights get colder, the warmth that food provides becomes critical for those in poor health. Donations may be left at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037.  Everything is tax-deductible, and receipts are available upon request.

Help sort the Halloween candy!

Can you help on Sunday, November 18 at noon in La Jolla to sort the Halloween candy collection, that will be handed out at the Christmas distribution?  Please contact Caroline 858-761-7644.  The sorting party will be at 5545 Coral Reef Avenue, La Jolla 92037.

Thank You for Your Generosity

This month, 50 donors contributed $13,593.46. Thank you!  We also received over 6,500 BHU FIT organic high protein bars donated through St. Brigid’s Church. We are grateful for this healthy and tasty food from a local company. These nutritious bars will help curb the hunger of the many men, women, and children who come to the Casa for help. Thank you also for donations of food and bedding, school supplies and misc. items.

We have NO overhead (except minimal PayPal and credit card charges).  No one who comes to the Casa for assistance is ever turned away.

September 2018 Report

  • 19,490 people all ages were served hot meals in our Dining Room
  • Countless received handouts of food daily
  • 1,250 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,600 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,595 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 410 people personally attended in Social Service office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 550 children received school supplies, backpack, and shoes!

WE PRAY THAT GOD MAY BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE

“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

“He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly.”

“He has filled the hungry with good things.”  Luke 1:52-53

Maria Elizateth, age 34, is a single mother of two daughters, 4 and 5 years old.  She lives on a piece of “land invasion” near Tecate close to Tijuana East.  She works collecting recyclable materials in the dumps for sale to survive.

She came to the Casa to ask for help, because her 4-year-old daughter is developing a mental problem. The daughter was suspended from kindergarten and the mother was asked to look for professional mental health care. Maria came to the Casa with much anguish, because she doesn’t have the means for such care and treatment.  It was recommended that she go to the city of Mexicali (a 2-hour drive), so she can have a more clear diagnosis and treatment because of her age.   Continue reading

“God is in charge, and we are His helpers.”

Sr. Armida

We asked Sister, “what are the greatest needs?”  Sister Armida’s answer is:

  • Food
  • 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

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“The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor”

Psalm 34

Christmas in Tijuana, Mexico

Over 1600 families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps to attend an early morning Mass.  Some even arrived the night before and camped out in the street. The mission of the Casa is to glorify God through the works of mercy. The people did indeed glorify God and the Holy Family by their thankfulness and joy as they happily received their food, blankets, and a toy.

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 Rosarito Beach.  Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit. They were thrilled and grateful to receive this food and the other gifts. Continue reading