“He has filled the hungry with good things.” Luke 1:52-53
Maria Elizateth, age 34, is a single mother of two daughters, 4 and 5 years old. She lives on a piece of “land invasion” near Tecate close to Tijuana East. She works collecting recyclable materials in the dumps for sale to survive.
She came to the Casa to ask for help, because her 4-year-old daughter is developing a mental problem. The daughter was suspended from kindergarten and the mother was asked to look for professional mental health care. Maria came to the Casa with much anguish, because she doesn’t have the means for such care and treatment. It was recommended that she go to the city of Mexicali (a 2-hour drive), so she can have a more clear diagnosis and treatment because of her age. Continue reading
We asked Sister, “what are the greatest needs?” Sister Armida’s answer is:
- Blankets, tarps
- Over-the-counter medicines
- Warm jackets, socks
- Soap, towels
All used items are presorted by the Sisters at the storage unit in Chula Vista and transported in private autos — an arduous task. Permits are required for everything, and used clothing is not allowed in the truck.
Blankets, Tarps, and Food are Especially Needed During this Time of Year
Christmas in Tijuana, Mexico
Over 1600 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. 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.
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 Rosarito Beach. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit. They were thrilled and grateful to receive this food and the other gifts. Continue reading
“Maria has been coming to the Casa off and on. She had two sons. One died at 19, and the other is in jail. She returned recently to say she has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She has a 13-year-old granddaughter living with her, and this young girl is her only “family” and companion. She is in the first year of Middle School. They live in a small loaned house and cannot afford to pay rent. Maria works cleaning houses, doing laundry and ironing to earn money for their support. She came to us concerned, worried, and very nervous, because she has been programmed to receive 6 sessions of chemotherapy at the cost of 6,000 pesos ($333.00 US) each session. She begs for money, and the Casa has helped to complete her treatment program. This gives her some tranquility, and she is very grateful as she wants to live and see her grauddaughter grow.” Continue reading
St. Anthony Claret, Bishop
This past year has seen many disasters around the world and in the U.S. We view the situation of the poor in Tijuana as a constant disaster. With your support and the care given by the Sisters at the Casa, may men and women are rehabilitated, move into the stream of productive society, and out of that state of disaster.
The families living in the Colonias/dumps cannot help where they were born and have scant control over their circumstances. The Sisters promote education for the children to help lift such families out of this downward spiral. It helps! Because of you, the Sisters assist many studious children with the “scholarship” program. This consists of helping the students with bus money, uniforms, school supplies, and shoes, and enables many young boys and girls to remain in school. Can you help “Adopt a Student” and support your student with a monthly gift? Continue reading
“A well that has many sources never runs dry. When we are gone, others will come after us.” Ugandan Martyrs
On September 1 at Our Lady of Grace Church in El Cajon, a wonderful Fiesta party began with Mass. After Mass, a famous Fr. Gil meatball dinner was served, lively music played, then speakers, video, and prizes. This was to celebrate the 70th birthday of Fr. Gil Gentile (a Director of Casa de Los Pobres USA) and the Sisters’ 60 years of extraordinary missionary work in Tijuana.
Many gave generous donations in honor of Fr. Gil and the Casa Sisters. To date, $21,885 has been received from 33 donors. This month, 58 regular donors contributed $20,451.93 which includes a generous $6,000 from a Family Foundation. Thank you! Thank you also for donated items including food, bedding, school supplies, and miscellaneous items. Continue reading
Mrs. Marie Elena Lopez, age 75, came to the Casa de los Pobres the beginning of July, saying her husband died 4 months ago. They rented a small house and had no children. After her husband’s death, she could not pay the rent and begged the owner of the small house to let her live there a few more months, while she found the means to pay or find a job. One day, she left to look for a job washing clothes or cleaning a house. When she returned, she found the door closed and her belongings outside in the street. She had some things of sentimental value still inside, but could not get them back.
She cried very much and was so worried, but then she thought, “we take nothing with us from this world except the good deeds that we do during our life.” Continue reading
St. Basil the Great
“Jose Luis Perez, 78, a widower, came to the Casa in July, saying he was feeling very sick. He suffers high blood pressure with swelling and pain in both knees. Jose was very tired, because he walked for 3 hours. For 3 days, he had no medication nor money to buy it, nor had he eaten for 2 days.
“He said, ‘Sister, I come sick, no medicines, no food, much pain and high blood pressure. Please just give me a tablet for blood pressure and something to eat. I had only one son, who was my companion, and he worked to give me food. Someone killed him, and now I am alone, sick, and hungry.’
“From my part and from all my little patients, MANY THANKS for your continued support to Casa de los Pobres. With your help, we have been able to attend them from Monday to Friday, all the sick little children that come here, and be able to find soon the sicknesses on time and, if necessary, send them for hospital care. The most cases are malnutrition, diarrhea, bronchitis, pneumonia, parasites, skin problems, and treating them on time. I had control of nutrition because of low weight triplet girls. Now, they are four years old and in the normal weight range. I also see children with cerebral paralysis. Thank you.” Dr. Norma Ramirez, Pediatrician
“I am a general medicine doctor, collaborator in Casa de los Pobres, and am grateful to all friends and benefactors for their valuable support that they give to the Casa. Continue reading
Guadalupe is a 44-year-old widow from Veracruz. She came to the Casa very desperate and angished, as her husband recently died from a fall while working on a high ladder. She has 5 young children. Her husband’s work manager would not take any responsibility for the accident. Guadalupe works cleaning houses when possible, but her children are small, and she has no one to help her care for them. They all live in one small room, but at least they are together. She receives clothes, food on Thursdays, and Clinic services for herself and the children. In September, the three children who go to school will receive backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes. She is very grateful! Continue reading