From grateful children who received school supplies on distribution day, Hector writes: “I want to express how thankful I am for the support you have given us today, thank you for all the school supplies and the backpack. It is really helpful to us, especially to my dad since he lost his job and cannot afford all the school expenses. May God bless you everywhere and every single day and multiply all the blessings that you have given us today. Thank you so much.”
“Thank you so much for helping me with school supplies. We are a low income family and this is helping us so much, especially to our kids because they were given all the materials to keep studying, learning, and become better persons, and to be prepared for the future. Thank you, God bless.” Miguel R.Continue reading →
Sister Armida writes about the children who receive help from the Casa: “Little students who may not have electricity to do their homework go out to sell candy, donuts, flowers, help make bricks, collect in the dumps, and often cry because they are hungry.”
“It is amazing how some of these children are able to get good grades and keep up in school, as the tendency is to leave the classroom and go out to work so young. Some mothers are handicapped, some grandparents are taking care of the children. Many mothers are sick, or work cleanng houses or caring for the young children.” Continue reading →
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.”
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 →
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!
“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 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 →
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.”
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 →
“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 →