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?

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. To help mitigate the cold nights in the Colonias, the Sisters request:

  • Blankets, socks, caps, tarps, and protein-based food

SPECIAL APPEAL IN ANTICIPATION OF 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 the Masses at All Hallows Church, La Holla, on December 2 and 3 to meet with the people.  We need increased cash and food 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” (through your generosity).

Your donations continue to make a difference

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

THANK YOU for your contributions (48 donors) for a total of $13,488.42!  Your gifts were sent to the Casa to buy food and medical supplies for the thousands of grateful people who eat in the dining room (22,590 meals served in October), who come to the Bodega to receive bags of food, and who visit the Medical Clinic.  Thank you for all donated goods as well.  The Sisters and people pray for all of us every day. 

Contributions are tax-deductible with no overhead expenses (except minimal PayPal and credit card fees).  Donations benefit those who turn to the Casa for help.  Sister Armida and the Sisters express their gratitude for your continued help through the years as they celebrate 60 years of missionary work in Tijuana  Each day, the Sisters humbly thank GOD for HIS constant miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. GOD PROVIDES!

OCTOBER REPORT

  • 22,590 people of all ages werer served hot meas in the Dining Room
  • Many people received handouts of food daily
  • 1,340 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,648 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,254 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 346 people personally attended in Social Service Office
  • Instituto Anahuac students came to serve the meals and other groups to do haircuts
  • 3 trips were made to deliver food to some neighborhoods
  • 24 Scholarship Aids were given

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

“What is this new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest”

Guadalupe is a 44-year-old widow from Veracruz. She came to the Casa very desperate and angished, as her husband recently died from a fall while working on a high ladder.  She has 5 young children.  Her husband’s work manager would not take any responsibility for the accident.  Guadalupe works cleaning houses when possible, but her children are small, and she has no one to help her care for them. They all live in one small room, but at least they are together.  She receives clothes, food on Thursdays, and Clinic services for herself and the children.  In September, the three children who go to school will receive backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes. She is very grateful! Continue reading

Scholarship Donations at Work! “As God has given to you, so you must give to others.”

Colossians 3:13

“First-year University student Anayeli, 17, and her mother came to Casa de los Pobres very worried to ask for help, so she may continue her career at the University. Anayeli lives with her mother, father, and brothers, 15 and 11 years old.  Her father works at a car wash and earns less than the minimum each week.  Her mother cleans houses two days a week earning a few pesos.  These small earnings don’t cover the rent, electricity, water, transportation, or school fees and supplies. Anayeli works half-time as a receptionist earning about 32 pesos a week.  With the help of the Casa, her parents, and her own earnings, Anayeli hopes to continue her education at University, so she can become a Child Psychologist to specialize in disabilities.”   Continue reading

“The kind of fasting that pleases me is sharing your food with the hungry.”

Isaiah 58:6

“She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God.”  

“Thank you for helping us with food and school supplies. My family and I are very grateful to the people that make possible this great support. My daughter is very moved to continue to be a better person, student, and good citizen. She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God. The rewards always come from heaven and they are manifested through people like you, of good heart.”  Sincerely Ralf and Liria, parents to Isis.  

What if this was your life?

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2016 Christmas Distribution to 1500 Families in Tijuana, Mexico

Fifteen hundred 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. 

A breakfast of cocoa and hot cinnamon buns was served to those waiting in line to receive the gifts. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a chicken, a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit, along with a new blanket.  They were thrilled and grateful to receive this food and the other gifts, including shoes for the children.

Christmas Distribution at the Casa

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 or a ball. 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