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.

“My needs are many but for now I am grateful I could have a stable job, for now I live in man with blanketthe streets. I thank you for your humble offer of help for personal needs. Thank you for whatever it can be. God bless you all.” Jesus R.

“Thanks to Casa de los Pobres, to all the people who serve there and to all the Sisters. I’m 84 years old and I don’t have a job. I live alone. I need a T-shirt, pants, and tennis shoes. Thank you all and thank God.” Jose B.

Christmas at the Casa

Your donations will help to provide a special bag of groceries, and a chicken for 1500 of the poorest families, along with the precious gift of a new blanket.

This is an example of the type of family that receives food, a blanket, and a toy at Christmas: “Mr. Hernandez, his wife Rosa, and their three children. Cindy, 8 years old, has brain paralysis. Zulma, 2 years old, got meningitis at 3 months and is mentally disabled and cannot speak or walk. They live in a small house with 2 rooms and have to buy water from a truck. Rosa takes care of her daughters day and night. Mr. Hernandez loves them and is very patient. Their 9-year-old son is in 4th grade and his tuition is due soon.”

Many families who receive help at the Casa  manage children with incapacitating illnesses.These children are loved and cared for tenderly. How consoling for such families to receive the Christmas gifts from the Casa — gifts from you!

Those who receive these gifts live in the dumps on windy hills, have no running water, ballselectricity is scarce and often provided via extension cords strung from house to house. “Bathrooms” are crude. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and diseases caused by the breathing of burning garbage fumes. This is truly third world living right on our doorstep. We will try to bring some comfort with a Happy Christmas feast! 

Can you help — through monetary support — and prayer?

Can you become a regular donor in the New Year? We NEED YOUR MONTHLY HELP.

Please pray for the people and the Sisters. The impoverished men, women, and children who come to the Casa are grateful and feel your loving care. Without you, they would not celebrate such a happy and warm Christmas. Sister Armida relies on “God to provide.” He surely does through your open hearts.

Can we add you to our postal mailing list? Please contact us below (we won’t post your address publicly).

We thank God for your goodness and wish you a blessed Christmas and a holy New Year

“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

Urgent Need for Non-Perishable Food Now!

Can you help us in this most-urgent time of need? 

Sister Armida says the Casa is out of food. Many more are coming to eat during the coronavirus crisis, and the Sisters are having difficulty keeping up with the demand.

Our drop-off location at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 hasn’t received any food or other donations for at least two weeks.  Can you help us during this urgent need for food?

We specifically need:

  • Tuna, peanut butter, canned milk, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, assorted pasta

Your donations can be left outside the door at 6432 Cardeno Drive. If you don’t want to personally shop for these items, you can have them shipped directly to our drop-off address.

Thank you for your generosity during this crisis.

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

Psalm 22:9

“Alberto, 32 years old, and Cristina, 28, live in a suburban colony distant from the city of Tijuana. Their conditions of living are very poor. They have a boy 3 years old, and recently a baby girl was born premature. The father is a mason worker and earns very little to support the family. The newborn baby, Rosita, was in the incubator for a month, had intestinal surgery, then eye surgery.

“The couple came to the Casa in tears, telling their story. Because of the care for Rosita, both take turns to care for her, so the father cannot go to work. They are so desperate and sad. Alberto has been begging to have money for transportation to and from the hospital, trusting in Divine Providence so they can have something to eat. Now the baby is at home after the second eye surgery, and they need eye medication. Continue reading