“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.

The Sisters treat every man, woman, and child with utmost dignity, and provide work that enhances self-worth.  The jobs they provide are for the “volunteers.”  These men and women work very hard at the Casa — cooking in the kitchen, cleaning up, driving the trucks, sorting clothing, and many other tasks.  They are paid small wages and a weekly bag of food for their labor.  This helps them to sustain their families and to maintain their respect.

“There but for God go I.”

Those whom the Casa serves are destitute. The people live in drafty shacks that are often infested with rats and other critters.  They often experience the trauma of empty stomachs, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death.  The Sisters offer rays of light and hope to many men, women, and children through the various services they offer at Casa de los Pobres.  Truckloads of food and blankets are taken to the distant colonias periodically for those unable to make the long trip by bus to the Casa (which is expensive and entails many bus transfers).

Jesus says in the Gospel, “the poor you will always have with you.”  Many of these poor cannot help themselves because of sickness, deformity, or old age.  The Casa is their literal lifeline.  Some who come to the Casa need only a few months of temporary help, while others are totally dependent.  Those who come for help do not choose this life!

Thank you donors — and students!

This month, your regular donations and 51 families provided $16,163.52 for the needs of the very poor who come to the Casa seeking food, clothing, and medical care.  

Margit Dornisch and her Religious Education students at St. Patrick’s Carlsbad collected a huge truckload of Easter gifts — including over 400 pounds of peanut butter, 300 bars of spa, hundreds of gift baggies and many new towels, blankets, and more.  Thank you!  Thank you!

PLEASE KEEP THE SISTERS IN YOUR DAILY PRAYERS.  PRAYER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS MISSION WHERE GOD PROVIDES THROUGH US ALL.

We have no overhead, except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.  Everything you donate goes to serve the poor.

MARCH 2018 REPORT

  • 23,310 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
  • Many people received handouts of food daily
  • 1,105 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,650 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,500 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 410 people personally attended in Social Service office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 1 trip to far colonias to bring tarps, blankets, and food
  • 24 Scholarship aids
  • We joined in the World Day of Prayer for Women

“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

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“Maria has been coming to the Casa off and on. She had two sons. One died at 19, and the other is in jail. She returned recently to say she has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She has a 13-year-old granddaughter living with her, and this young girl is her only “family” and companion. She is in the first year of Middle School. They live in a small loaned house and cannot afford to pay rent. Maria works cleaning houses, doing laundry and ironing to earn money for their support. She came to us concerned, worried, and very nervous, because she has been programmed to receive 6 sessions of chemotherapy at the cost of 6,000 pesos ($333.00 US) each session. She begs for money, and the Casa has helped to complete her treatment program. This gives her some tranquility, and she is very grateful as she wants to live and see her grauddaughter grow.” Continue reading

Make Miracles this Christmas: “The man who truly loves God also loves his neighbor.”

St. Anthony Claret, Bishop

This past year has seen many disasters around the world and in the U.S. We view the situation of the poor in Tijuana as a constant disaster.  With your support and the care given by the Sisters at the Casa, may men and women are rehabilitated, move into the stream of productive society, and out of that state of disaster.

The families living in the Colonias/dumps cannot help where they were born and have scant control over their circumstances. The Sisters promote education for the children to help lift such families out of this downward spiral. It helps!  Because of you, the Sisters assist many studious children with the “scholarship” program. This consists of helping the students with bus money, uniforms, school supplies, and shoes, and enables many young boys and girls to remain in school.  Can you help “Adopt a Student” and support your student with a monthly gift? Continue reading

The Sisters Celebrate 60 Years of Missionary Work in Tijuana

“A well that has many sources never runs dry. When we are gone, others will come after us.”  Ugandan Martyrs

On September 1 at Our Lady of Grace Church in El Cajon, a wonderful Fiesta party began with Mass.  After Mass, a famous Fr. Gil meatball dinner was served, lively music played, then speakers, video, and prizes.  This was to celebrate the 70th birthday of Fr. Gil Gentile (a Director of Casa de Los Pobres USA) and the Sisters’ 60 years of extraordinary missionary work in Tijuana.  

Many gave generous donations in honor of Fr. Gil and the Casa Sisters.  To date, $21,885 has been received from 33 donors.  This month, 58 regular donors contributed $20,451.93 which includes a generous $6,000 from a Family Foundation.  Thank you!  Thank you also for donated items including food, bedding, school supplies, and miscellaneous items. Continue reading

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

Luke 1:52

older woman  Mrs. Marie Elena Lopez, age 75, came to the Casa de los Pobres the beginning of July, saying her husband died 4 months ago. They rented a small house and had no children. After her husband’s death, she could not pay the rent and begged the owner of the small house to let her live there a few more months, while she found the means to pay or find a job. One day, she left to look for a job washing clothes or cleaning a house.  When she returned, she found the door closed and her belongings outside in the street.  She had some things of sentimental value still inside, but could not get them back.  

She cried very much and was so worried, but then she thought, “we take nothing with us from this world except the good deeds that we do during our life.”   Continue reading

“When you give to the poor, you are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward for good deeds goes to those who perform them.”

St. Basil the Great

“Jose Luis Perez, 78, a widower, came to the Casa in July, saying he was feeling very sick.  He suffers high blood pressure with swelling and pain in both knees. Jose was very tired, because he walked for 3 hours. For 3 days, he had no medication nor money to buy it, nor had he eaten for 2 days.  

“He said, ‘Sister, I come sick, no medicines, no food, much pain and high blood pressure.  Please just give me a tablet for blood pressure and something to eat. I had only one son, who was my companion, and he worked to give me food.  Someone killed him, and now I am alone, sick, and hungry.’

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“Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak. The Lord will save him on the day of evil.”

Psalm 40

“From my part and from all my little patients, MANY THANKS for your continued support to Casa de los Pobres. With your help, we have been able to attend them from Monday to Friday, all the sick little children that come here, and be able to find soon the sicknesses on time and, if necessary, send them for hospital care.  The most cases are malnutrition, diarrhea, bronchitis, pneumonia, parasites, skin problems, and treating them on time. I had control of nutrition because of low weight triplet girls.  Now, they are four years old and in the normal weight range. I also see children with cerebral paralysis. Thank you.”  Dr. Norma Ramirez, Pediatrician

“I am a general medicine doctor, collaborator in Casa de los Pobres, and am grateful to all friends and benefactors for their valuable support that they give to the Casa.   Continue reading