“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!

Alberto writes, “I am grateful for all the help that you have provided to me and wish a favor: for five years, I have HIV and two years ago, I stopped taking medication. I ask for help since I do not have a job, cannot get to appointments because of no money for the bus. I want to restart with medication before it is too late. Please also can you help me with a change of clothes and tennis shoes. Many thanks.”

And so it goes . . . endless requests and needs. Sister Armida says, “We are struggling very much to keep services going. Prayer is our strength and it keeps our faith deeper in God who provides for us all.”

How you can help in May

Here are the greatest needs:

  • Staple food items (tuna, peanut butter, beans, rice, flour, sugar, powdered milk)
  • Bedding, towels, personal and laundry soap
  • Bottled water

Person wrapped in blanketThe need for food is great. Because of rampant unemployment (jobs are scarce), many more men come to the Casa to eat. 

Women appreciate your donations of:

  • Fabric, thread, and yarn to make items they can sell (Thank you to San Rafael Parish!)

The Sisters always encourage people to help themselves. PLEASE KEEP THE SISTERS IN YOUR DAILY PRAYERS.

Crossing the border into Tijuana from San Diego is more difficult because of the COVID virus. In addition, well-off officials seem to have no idea what it means to be so poor. Countless restrictions and regulations are imposed upon the Sisters. Please pray for this situation.

The Sisters treat every man, woman, and child with dignity, and furnish them with 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 to sustain their families and maintain respect because they have a real job.

Thank you for your generous support!

Sister helping men with new shoesThis month, your regular donations from 80 families/individuals provided $20,258.72 for the needs of the poor who come to the Casa seeking food, clothing, and medical care. A separate scholarship check for $1520 was sent. Thank you Sra. Claudia Martinez and the students from The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe who provided 60 special Easter boxes containing socks, school supplies, and a protein bar. They also bought numerous pairs of shoes for the Casa children!  Thank you, thank you!

PRAYER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS MISSION WHERE GOD PROVIDES THROUGH US ALL. We have no overhead, just minimal fees for PayPal and credit card donations. Everything you donate goes to serve the poor.

March Report

  • 22,575 people received handouts of food
  • 1,150 general medical clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 2,400 bags of groceries were given
  • 600 people personally attended to in the Social Services Office
  • 28 Scholarship Aids were given

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS TO HIS POOR DURING HIS SACRED SEASON OF EASTER

“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

“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