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

Psalm 41

We asked Sister, “What are your greatest needs right now?” Sister Armida’s answer:

  • Foodman with blanket
  • Blankets, tarps
  • Warm jackets, socks
  • Medicine
  • Vitamins C, D, and zinc
  • Soap, towels
  • Any extra citrus fruit you may harvest from your yards

Donations may be left at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037.

They need blankets and food to warm them

People arrive at the Casa while it’s still dark and cold. This winter is especially cold and dark! Breakfast lines are extra long. Some people arrive at 6:00 am, circle around the sidewalks outside the Casa, shivering while waiting for the gate to open. Others arrive the night before and camp out on the cold sidewalk.

lines outside the casaThe Sisters come out at night to help relieve their misery by distributing blankets and some food. The Casa is a place of refuge, spiritual solace, and friendship for the many men, women, and children who come there for help and support. COVID restrictions make it difficult for the people to socialize, which is normally one of their joys. Their suffering is great.

Multiplication of the loaves and fishes in real life

The Casa is a real life example of the loves and fishes parable. In January, at the Casa:

  • 24,125 people received handouts of food dailygirl with shoes and socks
  • 2,000 bags of groceries were given out
  • 1,075 general medical clinic, specialists consultations, and prescriptions filled
  • 500 people personally attended to in the Social Services Office
  • 28 scholarship aids were given

We thank God for all of you who donate money to food the hungry people, and for your donations of blankets, food, warm clothing, and medical supplies. In late December, we received blankets and food from St. Patrick Parish CCD classes in Carlsbad. These were distributed at the Christmas celebration. January donations were $31,318.30 from 62 donors. We sent $1520 for scholarships. New blankets were donated as well! THANK YOU!

From Sr. Armida: “Thank you for all 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 to assistance for burial.”

Some quotes from grateful ladies:

“I know I am like at home; food, blanket, and doctor; most of all your sincere deeds. Thank God and you.”  Lizbeth

“I stay at a shelter. Thank you for the food. I cannot buy it. Thank God there is people like you who help with all your heart.” Susana

“I thank you for all the help, food, shoes, and all we receive. May God bless you for all you do for us who have no resources.” Irma Leticia

Thank you for your continued donations in these troubled times. We are grateful!  We have no overhead, other than minimal fees from PayPal and credit card donations.

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

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TO HIS POOR

 

“The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor”

Psalm 34

THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE CRY OF THE POOR. You made Christmas a time of JOY for our brothers and sisters in Christ who endure harsh poverty in the dumps of Tijuana.

1600 families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps to receive their gifts this year, in a four-day shift, to accommodate smaller crowds. Some arrived the night before and camped out in the cold street. 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

Man and children with a blanket“Thanks to God and His Son Jesus Christ and to our Mother Virgin Mary for this place and to you Sisters for your love to your neighbors. I was left without a job and do not have a place to live, so I came to get some groceries. I have need of clothes, shoes, hygiene supplies, and a blanket. Please excuse me for all I am asking. May God bless you all. Thank you.”  Jaime A.

“Humbly and respectfully I ask for help. I came from the state of Michoacan, Mexico, trying to find healthy life and work, for this I need your help (personal needs for clothing and hygiene items). Thank you. God bless you for your kindness.” Trinidad E. Continue reading

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

St. Bishop Fulton Sheen

Can You Make the Holidays Brighter for Those Who Have Nothing?

Kids and Sister in blanketsThis year, no toys will be allowed to cross the border for Christmas. Sorry news! But we can provide these sorely needed items to make the holidays brighter for our brothers and sisters in Tijuana:

  • New shoes and socks
  • Blankets
  • Caps
  • Tarps
  • FOOD! (protein-based food especially needed now)
  • MULTI-VITAMINS (especially needed now)

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“The Lord turns His eyes to the just and His ears to their appeal. They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress.”

Psalm 34

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR FOOD IN TIJUANA, AS MANY FOOD PANTRIES ARE CLOSED. Your monetary and food donations are needed urgently!

Jose a 6-year-oldMeet Jose, a 6-year-old. He told one of the Sisters: “I want to present to you my mom. Her name is Monica and I have a little sister who is three weeks old. My other sister is called Mireya and she will be two years. My dad is Jose. He works in a factory but earns little money. I like very much to play ball and soccer. When I get home from school, my mom gives me a yummy soup and then I do my homework that my teacher gives me. When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor to help the people who are sick and don’t have money to get well.”

Jose is a boy that is very enthusiastic and likes studying a lot. With your help, he can continue on to become what he dreams about: a doctor to help others. This is a good example of scholarship aid in action. Continue reading

“A Christian is not his own master; his time is God’s.”

St. Ignatius of Antioch

man carrying g“I am Jesus, I am 67 and homeless. After losing my job and money due to COVID-19, I went to Casa de los Pobres asking for help with deep appreciation for all the mercy I have found. I kindly asked for a pair of tennis shoes, pants, shirt, underwear, and socks. At the same time, I want to thank those who provide all these blessings and the hands of the volunteers who made possible the delivery of these gifts to us, the most vulnerable people of our society. For your help and understanding, thanks!”

Multiply this story many times. These suddenly out-of-work men have discovered the Casa and ask for more than the Sisters are able to provide. But an unexpected bequest has permitted the Sisters to buy some tennis shoes, socks, and underwear at Costco in Tijuana temporarily. Continue reading

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118

The virus situation in Tijuana is serious, and your extra donations are very much appreciated. Many men are out of work and are coming for the first time to ask for food, shoes, socks, underwear, and toiletry items. Thanks to several large donations, the Sisters are joyfully shopping at Costco in Tijuana to purchase the much-needed sneakers (at very good prices) and other items. Sister Armida and the Sisters are thrilled to provide such necessities for these men. You can imagine how they all must feel!  THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

The Sisters, cooks, and helpers are working long hours to feed and care for all who come. Food must be specially-packaged, hand washing facilitated, mask distributed, and on and on. This is costly. Continue reading

“The just man is generous and gives.”

Psalm 37

“My wife and I lost the room where we used to live because the Maquila where we were Man wearing mask and blanketworking closed. Right now, we are living on the streets or in the parks. When we have some money, we pay for a shelter. I want to thank all the people who selflessly help us. Really, thank you very much. I really don’t know what would become of many of us, mainly all of the elderly like me.  I am 64 years old and lost my job 2 months ago, and my few savings ran out. Someone told me about this place, so I started coming 4 days ago.”

These stories are good examples of what your monthly donations provide. We thank God for YOU! Continue reading

“This day was made by the Lord; let us rejoice and be glad.”

Psalm 118

SOS! The Casa needs face masks!   

Can you help us keep the people of the Casa safe? The Sisters serve 800 meals per day, and need more face masks! Can you sew a few? Or this company will deliver a pack of 12 for $24.99 plus tax: https://stores.customink.com/health-wellness/products/1842

You can deliver face masks to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Continue reading

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was homeless and you took me in.”

Matthew 25:35

Those whom the Casa serves are destitute. 

People in line at CasaThe people live in drafty shacks that areinfested with rats and other critters. They often experience the trauma of empty stomachs, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death. And their needs are great in this time of COVID-19. Continue reading