“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.



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

“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

“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

“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

Share Your Halloween Candy

Students and parishioners of San Diego County – can you share part of your Halloween candy for the children of the Casa de los Pobres (House of the Poor) in Tijuana?

The candy will become part of the Christmas distribution at the Casa. The Sisters of the halloweenFranciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Queen of Peace coordinate an annual Christmas distribution where 1,500 impoverished families receive a chicken, rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit, and a bag of candy to make the festivities a little sweeter.  Families also receive blankets, jackets, shoes and toys for the children.

If you’d like to share your Halloween candy, please leave your candy donations in the office of your school or church, and mark them, “Casa de los Pobres.”  Continue reading