“Almsgiving frees one from death.”

Quote from St. Polycarp

The Family includes the mother Maria and 2 children, ages 17 and 11. Maria works

middle school students

in a maquiladora with wax. The money she earns is not enough to pay for all their needs, like electricity, gas, water, food, clothing, school, medicine, etc. They have to pay rent. The house has two rooms and the bathroom is a hole in the ground. The roof is leaking. If she misses a working day, she receives 2/3 of her salary. Maria wants for her children a better future and education, so they will not live in this situation of poverty. They are grateful for the help the Casa provides to them.”

You can help break the cycle of poverty — through education

School increases self-esteem in the children by giving them a solid education in the “3 Rs,” while the Sisters instruct them in the important Spiritual and moral tenets of our Faith. Your donations enable the Sisters to help over 500 students with school supplies and other necessities.

With the Scholarship Fund, the Sisters find serious students who have goals and who truly desire to study and improve their life situation. Several of the Scholarship students we supported have become nurses, secretaries, and lawyers.

Group of 4 students

These students discover vocational goals and work towards them. It is an exciting time of life for these children. They deeply appreciate your help! Alexis Z writes: “Lots of thanks for the school supplies to help me for a future, as a student I hope to improve and have a better future for a good life.”


Looking toward Christmas, we are now collecting simple toys such as balls, dolls, trucks, jump ropes, etc. for the children. And we are collecting blankets for adults and families. Blankets are priceless and a families’ most precious possession! 

Our current needs include:

  • School supplies  two little kids
  • New shoes and socks for children (especially wanted)
  • Staple foods (tuna, powdered milk, beans, rice, peanut butter, canned vegetables)
  • Vitamins
  • Toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo
  • Warm sweaters and jackets

Please NO used shoes and NO other types of clothing.

Special thanks

Over the past few months, donors have contributed over $40,000 each month!  We’ve been blessed with a large donation of $15,203 from St. Brigid’s Parish, and two $10,000 donations. San Rafael Church sent us $2,793 for school supplies. All Hallows supported “back to school” with many filled book bags and lots of other supplies, plus cash donations. We sent over $1,500 per month in scholarship aid for the students, and $5,000 for needed repairs.

Thank you for your gifts of food, bedding, and school supplies. These donations bolster the lives of the many who come to the Casa for help. The people thank God daily before breakfast for the special blessings that you make possible in their lives. 

Tax receipts are available upon request. We have NO expenses other than minimal fees from PayPal and credit card donations. Everything goes directly to the poor. No one is ever turned away. Please pray for these people, as they pray for us.

Your generosity allowed the Casa to serve almost 20,000 meals in September!


“The needy shall not always be forgotten nor the hopes of the poor in vain.” Psalm 91

Nahum, one of the Casa’s Scholarship recipients in elementary school says, “Moved by Nahum a scholarship recipient gratitude for all the help you have given me. With love and blessings. I hope you don’t forget me . . .”

One  little boy, Jeffrey M., lives in a half-open garage. But he still has dreams of helping others: “I would like to reach my dream to be a Robotics Engineer. I want to create elements that help people with disabilities.”  His recent report card shows a final grade of 9.8 out of 10!

Anayeli V. also is pursuing an education to help others: “I wish to send you my gratitude for all the blessings you have given me, no doubt making my career path lighter taken by your hand. I am close to concluding this beautiful specialty of caring for special needs children. It is career of much responsibility, dealing with infants is a huge task but finally very satisfactory. Thanks for being part of my formation, for motivating me and ensuring that I did not lose my studies. May God bless you. Thank you!” Continue reading

“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.) Continue reading

“Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8

“I thank God for this help for several months now, because I have three sons. I work inwoman with blanket Maquiladora night shift. I support my 2 younger ones. My husband disappeared 11 months ago. One day, he left for work and did not return.” Blanca E.

“I ask for help because I am 67 now, and have been caring for my brother who is intellectually disabled. I care for him since my parents died. I feel uncomfortable to ask, but now I have diabetes and hypertension. I used to work cleaning houses.” Graciela M.

“I have two domestic jobs. I come here to Casa for food, because I have not been able to get a job in Maquiladora, because I suffer hypertension. I live Continue reading

“The whole law is summed up in love.”

Romans 13:10

Mother and 3 children“I am making a request for help. I am a working person. I need to initiate my own business of tamales to be able to support my children, boys 2, 5, and 8 years old, and a 12-year-old daughter. I know how to work, but I need money to start. I will be grateful if you can help me with 2000 pesos (about $100 US). I am a single mother, and this is my urgent need. A thousand thanks. God bless you for always helping those most in need.” Alicia H.

“I am a musical person, but with the Continue reading

“Yes, Christ my hope is arisen!” Happy Easter!

Man eating at the CasaJesus says in the Gospel, “The poor you will always have with you.” Many of these poor cannot help themselves because of sickness, deformity, or old age. The Casa is their lifeline. Some who come to the Casa need only a few months of temporary help, while others are totally dependent. Those who come for help did not choose this life! “There but for God go I.”

Myra and her children wrote to say, “thank you” for the donations of food! The family is very grateful! Continue reading

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

Psalm 22:9

Family of Mayra

“The following story is about Mayra, the mother of 2 of the students in the Scholarship Aide (Adopt a Student) program. Dearikson and Jeoffrey are in elementary and secondary grades.  Mayra is 36 years old. For the last 4 months, she has come with intense headaches, and analgesic treatments weren’t working for her. It was decided to have an MRI which revealed a pituitary tumor and hemorrhage, for which she is rceiving medical treatment to next evaluate about surgical care. Continue reading

“Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak. The Lord will save him in the day of evil.”

Psalm 41

We asked Sister, “What are your greatest needs right now?” Sister Armida’s answer:

  • Foodman with blanket
  • Blankets, tarps
  • Warm jackets, socks
  • Medicine
  • Vitamins C, D, and zinc
  • Soap, towels
  • Any extra citrus fruit you may harvest from your yards

Donations may be left at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037.

They need blankets and food to warm them

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“The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor”

Psalm 34

THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE CRY OF THE POOR. You made Christmas a time of JOY for our brothers and sisters in Christ who endure harsh poverty in the dumps of Tijuana.

1600 families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps to receive their gifts this year, in a four-day shift, to accommodate smaller crowds. Some arrived the night before and camped out in the cold street. 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

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