“He gave freely to the poor; his righteousness will endure forever.”

From 12-year-old Rubi, whose mother died when she was two, and her father is unknown.  A good neighbor adopted her and her brother.  They are poor, humble, and HARD workers.  “I want to thank the Sisters and everyone that forms part of Casa de los Pobres for all the support through all these years. Thank you for everything that I have received such as shoes, food, and apparel. I am beyond grateful to you. Thanks for not only helping me but also many more people. I have done my Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation here, and now we’re a big family that will never disappear. People are really grateful for all the support we get from the Casa. Thank you so much for everything.”  

How You Can Help

SPECIAL REQUESTS:  more school supplies, especially shoes and socks. 

The Nuns enourage study, and parents understand the importance of school.  “Education opens doors.” It truly does and the Nuns are seeing this. The Sisters who teach catechism classes in the Colonias of Santa Julia and the Railroad dumps report excellent progress with all children eager to learn.

Their faith is important to them and teaches many important life lessons. Those who receive scholarship aid are becoming very serious and competitive as they continue to improve in school.  The Sisters notice many positive changes now that more scholarships are available.  Former destitute children will eventually become successful adults and able to help their families.

The need for FOOD and the BASICS (toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo) — the little things we take for granted — is every present.  (PLEASE, NO USED CLOTHING — it cann’t be taken across the border.)

THANK YOU!

We thank 73 families for generous donations of $21,990.98 (food and maintenance), $1290 (for scholarship aid), and $5,000 for needed repairs.  Your financial donations keep the people who come to the Casa from hunger and help support vital services in the Medical Clinic.  Thank you!

Thank you also for food and bedding. Special thanks to All Hallows Church, San Rafael Parish (who also donated $2590 in checks) and St. Patrick’s Carlsbad for many school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and all that good stuff).  

The Sisters serve a substantial breakfast each morning and provide whatever extra food they have for a lunch in the patio. The men, women, and children thank God daily before breakfast for the blessings that YOU make possible in their lives.  They pray for us daily.

There are many practical “Learning” jobs at the Casa itself:  cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, helping to package and distribute groceries on “Bodega Day”, assisting in the clothing room, or driving the truck. These men and women earn a bag of groceries (on Thursday), plus a small stipend for their work. In this way, they are able to maintain their families with a sense of dignity. The love, support, and training given by the Sisters builds confidence. Your donations accomplish all of these great works.

Tax receipts are available upon request.  We have NO expenses other than minimal fees from PayPal and credit card donations.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS TO HIS PEOPLE

“If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?”

1 John 3:17

Help Break the Cycle of Poverty with SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

For the remainder of July, the Sisters request School Supplies for the children: 

  • notebooks, pencils, pens, book bags
  • socks, new shoes

Your donations can be dropped off at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 in July only (the truck doesn’t come in August) or at All Hallows Church on La Jolla Scenic Drive South in La Jolla in July and August.

The Sisters encourage education along with vocational training. The Casa Scholarship Program (bus money, uniforms, and a small tuition) helps serious students attend primary and advanced schools.  For dedicated pupils, this always leads to a decent job which breaks the vicious cycle of poverty.  Many of the students eat breakfast at the Casa and travel to school with full stomaches and clear heads. Continue reading

“Where God finds charity with its loving concern, there He recognizes the reflection of His own Fatherly care.”

St. Leo the Great

Education is Breaking the Cycle of Poverty!  

This month, we sent Sister $2,180 in designated scholarship aid.  Two students are now attending University — this is unheard of!  Many younger ones are excelling in school because of your scholarship aid.  Thank you, thank you! 

This is how you can help break the cycle of poverty, by adopting a studentContinue reading

“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light.”

John 13:34

“Jonathan S. is a teenager who lives with his mother and four siblings in a little borrowed house at the edge of the railroad in Tijuana. His father died 3 years ago. Jonathan always looks for work, so he can help his family. He sells doughnuts and makes mud bricks on weekends.  Now that he is studying in 8th grade, he sometimes abandons school because he does not have school supplies, uniforms, or shoes. His mother works making mud bricks to be able to care for her four younger sons. The Casa helps the family with food, uniforms, and scholarships. With this help for Jonathan, he no longer needs to work making mud bricks on weekends (besides, that is not a suitable environment for a teenager). All his family thank God for the support they receive at Casa de los Pobres.”   Continue reading

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

Psalm 22:9 

Those whom the Casa serves are destitute. The people live in drafty shacks that are infested with rats and other critters.  They often experience the trauma of empty stomaches, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death.  The Sisters offer rays of light and hope to many men, women, and children through the services offered at the Casa de los Pobres.  Continue reading

“I see the fear people try to hide when asking for help”

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

How You Can Help

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“O God, you are my strength.”

Psalm 18.

Fifteen hundred families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps of Tijuana, Mexico to attend an early morning Mass in very cold weather. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, fruit, and instant coffee. 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 Rosarita Beach.  Continue reading

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“She cried so much for the gratitude she felt to God.”

“Mrs. Maria L., 29 years old, came to the Casa some days ago and was very nervous and in anguish. She could hardly explain what was happening to her. She is married to Juan who works as a mechanic and earns 1800 pesos ($100) a week. They have an 11-year-old son in the 6th grade and a daughter in the 2nd grade. The daughter suffers from epilepsy, and they have no medical insurance. She was receiving treatment in a mental health hospital in Tijuana. On their last visit, they were told that because of some hospital changes, it was decided to stop treatment to children with certain disabilities.” Continue reading

“The man who truly loves God also loves his neighbor.”

St. Anthony Claret, Bishop

From grateful children who received school supplies:

“Thank you for your support all these years. May God bless you and your family because your kindness with the school supplies helps us.  I thank the Lord because I’m healthy and I feel happy due to all the blessings I receive.”  Alex G.

“My name is Juan Carlos. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Math is my favorite class and soccer my favorite hobby. When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer, but I know that I have to study really hard in order to become one. That’s why I thank God and you so much for all the support that you’re giving us. May God bless you and your family for your kindness.”   Continue reading

“We fulfill the demands of justice of providing for the poor.”

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“Many, many thanks for the economic support that you have given to us during the months.  Thanks to this, we can obtain stability in the school environment and with regards to school expenses, and I know that not many others have the opportunity to be able to continue. You have given us great help that motivates us to continue forward. I hope this continues, as I also wish the same and hope to continue with a career.  God bless you with love.”  Mariana Q.  (graduated high school with a 9.3 GPA, equivalent to about a 3.7 or A-) Continue reading