“First-year University student Anayeli, 17, and her mother came to Casa de los Pobres very worried to ask for help, so she may continue her career at the University. Anayeli lives with her mother, father, and brothers, 15 and 11 years old. Her father works at a car wash and earns less than the minimum each week. Her mother cleans houses two days a week earning a few pesos. These small earnings don’t cover the rent, electricity, water, transportation, or school fees and supplies. Anayeli works half-time as a receptionist earning about 32 pesos a week. With the help of the Casa, her parents, and her own earnings, Anayeli hopes to continue her education at University, so she can become a Child Psychologist to specialize in disabilities.” Continue reading
“She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God.”
“Thank you for helping us with food and school supplies. My family and I are very grateful to the people that make possible this great support. My daughter is very moved to continue to be a better person, student, and good citizen. She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God. The rewards always come from heaven and they are manifested through people like you, of good heart.” Sincerely Ralf and Liria, parents to Isis.
What if this was your life?
Fifteen hundred families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps to attend an early morning Mass. Some even arrived the night before and camped out in the street.
A breakfast of cocoa and hot cinnamon buns was served to those waiting in line to receive the gifts. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a chicken, a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit, along with a new blanket. They were thrilled and grateful to receive this food and the other gifts, including shoes for the children.
The mission of the Casa is to glorify God through the works of mercy. The people did indeed glorify God and the Holy Family by their thankfulness and joy as they happily received their food, blankets, and a toy or a ball. 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
Those who were helped with your Christmas gifts have nothing. They live in the dumps on windy hills, have no running water, and electricity is scarce. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and lung diseases caused by the continual breathing of polluted burning garbage fumes. They are people like Maria . . .
“Maria, a single mother of 34, and her four children are new to the Casa. The Sisters are helping them with food and medical assistance. Maria’s twin daughters, now age 5, were born premature. As they started kindergarten, the teachers noticed the girls were in need of medical care because of epilepsy, developmental, neurological, and vision problems.
One of the twins needs glasses and orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The other twin suffers from shingles in different parts of her little body, but the mother does not have money to buy medicines. Continue reading
Pope Benedict, Emeritus
SPECIAL APPEAL IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS
The Sisters pray that we collect enough money to provide a special CHRISTMAS BAG of food along with a blanket for 1500 of the most helpless families. The Sisters attended Masses at All Hallows Church on November 26-27 to meet with the people. We need increased cash and food donations for the poor families who live in the dumps of Tijuana, Mexico, just 40 miles from our warm homes. In the Franciscan Spirit, Sister Armida believes with all of her heart that “GOD WILL PROVIDE.” Continue reading
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 Franciscan 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
St. Polycarp, Bishop
Gloria G., 30 years old, learned about Casa de los Pobres in mid-September, and she came to ask for help for her and her 10-year-old son. Her husband abandoned her six years ago, afraid of her advanced tuberculosis. In spite of this serious condition, with help of family and other people, she had treatment that saved her life, although she lost one of her lungs.
She continues to be under medical care; she suffers physical tiredness, so she cannot have a stable job. Frequently, she needs to be in the hospital. Doctors recommend a balanced diet to gain weight, but she cannot recuperate because she does not have the money to keep a nutritional diet. She learned to do some haircuts and nails and other simple things to be able to earn a little money to support her son who is in school. This summer, he worked in a supermarket bagging food, so he could buy his backpack and return to school. After listening to her story, the Casa offered her a card to come weekly for groceries on Bodega Day, shoes for her son, school supplies, and added her son to the scholarship aid list. Gloria was very surprised and very grateful to God for finding Casa de los Pobres. Continue reading
A Jesuit Seminarian stayed at the Casa last year, and here is part of his story . . .
“I went to teach catechism with Sisters Angeles and Teresa in the Santa Julia Colonia. It is far off and known for its high crime rate. Many houses are built precariously along the hillside. We visited two hardworking families. They were very warm and generous. We later reached the Center, a small building with three classrooms and a large field. The Sisters told of the problems they have with theft and vandalism even though the rooms are very simple. It was living in extreme poverty or in very desperate situations which led to this destruction, I thought.”
Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours
it is indeed a consolation and a joy for the poor to come to the Casa. Along with food and medical care, many spiritual and emotional needs are met by the loving and wise care of the Sisters . . .
“Thanks to God and to all benefactors and to the Sisters for the great support they are giving us. Many thanks because thanks to this, I will keep on in my studies and enable me to be a better person. Many thanks for all your help and may God bless you.” Juan V.
From a mother with 4 children, among them twin girls of 4 years old. One of them has a serious brain problem and the other is real alert. In the name of her children, she writes: “Good day for all. I thank you for helping me with school aid for the whole school year of kindergarten 2015-16. The girls Briseida and Brissa will go to 3rd kinder year, thanks to your great help. May God bless you and continue to bless you.”
Special Requests: School Supplies, Backpacks, Shoes, Socks
The Nuns encourage the children to better themselves through earnest study. Their parents understand the importance of school. The Sisters who teach classes in the Colonias of Santa Julia and The Railroad (the Dumps) report good progress; the children are eager to learn and apply themselves well. Many who have received scholarship aid are now nurses, lawyers, psychologists, and others who hold good jobs. These successful adults were destitute children when they came to the Casa some years ago.
The need for FOOD AND THE BASICS — toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo — the little things that we take for granted — is ever present. Continue reading
A Jesuit notice writes about his visit to a distant Colonia: “We visited Dona Elma, a diabetic, who comes to the Casa when she can for food and medical help. This trip takes two buses and 45 minutes. She has problems seeing and walking. Her house is in a downhill ravine with a difficult and uneven path. I was saddened when I saw the situation in which she lives. The walls are falling apart, the roof doesn’t cover the entire home, and she needs to use a bucket as a toilet since the outhouse is no longer functional.”
“She receives very little help from the government and finds that going to the Casa de los Pobres is worth the difficulties. When she is able to make the trip, she obtains food and medical attention. I was amazed by her faith and joy. In spite of all this, Dona Elma does not lose her good spirits. She says she always tries to look at the bright side of things.” Continue reading