“Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” Luke 6:20

“During this Pandemic, I was left a widow because of COVID-19. I have 5 children. For3 children this reason, I started to prepare fruit ice cubes and sell them in the streets. I am asking for the help of an ice box with wheels, so I can haul it and continue to sell. My children need clothing and shoes, and I cannot buy them. We have no electricity, a neighbor let us connect sometimes, but then many times, it is cut off. If you can help me with the icebox, you do not know the great help you will give me, so I can continue to feed my children. Then, I do not have to carry the box myself, which is difficult as I take 3 of the children with me walking and I hold the baby. Please and many thanks. God bless and multiply all the help you give to us.” Marya C. (Does anyone have an ice chest with wheels to donate to this lovely and industrious mother? Update: one was donated.)

What are the critical needs now?

There is a continual need for:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Bedding

Bags of food from the Bodega are distributed each Thursday.

Thank you for providing food and life-saving help for the poor! The virus situation in Tijuana is a little better. We need extra donations that are much appreciated.

two men eatingMany men continue to be out of work and come for the first time to ask for food shoes, socks, underwear, and toiletry items. The Sisters, cooks, and helpers work long hours to feed and care for everyone. Food must still be specially packaged, hand washing facilitated, masks distributed, etc. This is costly. Your generous gifts are acknowledged each day in the outdoor eating area, where hungry men, women, and children thank God for you, the food, and goods that you supply.

Seventy-four families/individuals contributed $18,809.78, includng $2116 from All Hallows Church, for food and operating expenses. $1520 was also contributed for scholarship help during Junel The scholarship program is strong with many talented and competitive young students participating.

Thank you! The people and Sisters are grateful.

More stories from the people of the Casa

“I am 43 years old and a widow for two years. The reason I ask for help is because I lost my job. I have two young daughters. I pay rent, I clean houses, but these days are slow and I do not have enough.” Yolanda M.

“I am 33 years old, single mother with two children. I am a domestic worker for only 2woman and baby days a week. I came to the Casa because of great necessity and lack of work. I live in a lent house and need so much the weekly groceries (bodega) as this is a great help, because sometimes I have no money.” Blanca J.

“First of all, I thank God for this new day and thank Casa de los Pobres for all the blessings you give to us. I am 27 years old, my state of origin is Jalisco in Mexico. I have been struggling. I am living in the streets, have no place to stay, neither money to pay for shelter. I ask for help because my mother has been sick, and I cannot send her any support. I am alone, have nobody, no family relatives.” Jario M. (He needs backpack, sleeping quilt, clothing, and tennis shoes).

“I ask for help for food because of Pandemia. I have no work. Because of COVID, I lost my sister, then my father and a brother the same day. And I have been sick. My sons were also sick. One was working in maquiladora, but salary is not enough for us all. Please help me (food). Thank you.”  Maria V.

Everything donated is tax-deductible, tax receipts are available upon request. The Casa truck comes to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla every Tuesday. We have no overhead, just minimal fees from PayPal and credit card donations.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS GENEROSITY

 

“Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8

“I thank God for this help for several months now, because I have three sons. I work inwoman with blanket Maquiladora night shift. I support my 2 younger ones. My husband disappeared 11 months ago. One day, he left for work and did not return.” Blanca E.

“I ask for help because I am 67 now, and have been caring for my brother who is intellectually disabled. I care for him since my parents died. I feel uncomfortable to ask, but now I have diabetes and hypertension. I used to work cleaning houses.” Graciela M.

“I have two domestic jobs. I come here to Casa for food, because I have not been able to get a job in Maquiladora, because I suffer hypertension. I live Continue reading

“The whole law is summed up in love.”

Romans 13:10

Mother and 3 children“I am making a request for help. I am a working person. I need to initiate my own business of tamales to be able to support my children, boys 2, 5, and 8 years old, and a 12-year-old daughter. I know how to work, but I need money to start. I will be grateful if you can help me with 2000 pesos (about $100 US). I am a single mother, and this is my urgent need. A thousand thanks. God bless you for always helping those most in need.” Alicia H.

“I am a musical person, but with the Continue reading

“Yes, Christ my hope is arisen!” Happy Easter!

Man eating at the CasaJesus 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 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 did not choose this life! “There but for God go I.”

Myra and her children wrote to say, “thank you” for the donations of food! The family is very grateful! Continue reading

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

Psalm 22:9

Family of Mayra

“The following story is about Mayra, the mother of 2 of the students in the Scholarship Aide (Adopt a Student) program. Dearikson and Jeoffrey are in elementary and secondary grades.  Mayra is 36 years old. For the last 4 months, she has come with intense headaches, and analgesic treatments weren’t working for her. It was decided to have an MRI which revealed a pituitary tumor and hemorrhage, for which she is rceiving medical treatment to next evaluate about surgical care. Continue reading

“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

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“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