“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!”

college studentKassaandra R. is attending university due to your generous Scholarship help. She writes: “I am studying Logistics & Transportation Engineering. I am very grateful for the help I receive, so I can accomplish my studies, given that my father cannot work because he cannot walk. My mother cannot take a job, because she needs to care for him. I thank you for your support!”

You can make a difference in the lives of these children who have nothing

Can you donate $1.50 a day to sponsor a child?  Study is encouraged, and parents understand the importance of school. Those who receive Scholarship aid are serious and competitive. The Sisters notice attitude changes. Many destitute children will eventually become successful adults and able to help their families because of your generosity and love. “Education opens doors.” 

SPECIAL REQUESTS:

  • School supplies
  • Shoes and socks
  • Staple foods: peanut butter, tuna, beans, rice, pasta, powdered milk
  • Toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo

Sisters who teach catechism in the Colonias of Santa Julia and the Railroad dumps report steady progress. Our Faith is primary. It instills the most important of life’s lessons. Perhaps poverty teaches authentic dependence on God — and hence a stronger Faith? 

The people so appreciate your help, prayers, and sacrifices

And they return your favors by praying for you daily. The men, women, and childrenlittle boy studying thank God daily before breakfast for the blessings that YOU make possible in their lives. 

We thank 126 families for generous donations for food, school supplies, and maintenance, $1520 for scholarship aid, and Dr. Jack Forrest for a donation to pay for food, large bills, and needed repairs! The generous parishioners of San Rafael Parish donated $4295 for school supplies! Thank you also for food and bedding. Your financial donations help feed the people who come to the Casa and also support vital services in the Medical Clinic. Thank you!

The Casa not only feeds but also provides medical services and job training

 The Sisters serve a substantial breakfast each morning in the patio area and provide extra food for lunch.The Casa provides a sack of groceries each Thursday. (The Casa  will remain open during August with limited services.)

There are many practical “learning” jobs at the Casa: cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, helping to package and distribute groceries on Bodega Day, assisting in the clothing room, or driving the truck. These men and women earn a bag of groceries plus a small stipend for their work. In this way, they are able to maintain their families with a sense of dignity. The love, support, and training given by the Sisters promotes confidence. Your donations accomplish all of these great works!

JULY 2021 REPORT

  • 20,700 people received food and vitamin C
  • 1,150 medical clinic services and prescriptions
  • 1,975 bags of groceries were given
  • 650 people attended to in Social Services (for blankets and shoes)
  • 28 Scholarship aids (can you help greatly increase this number by Adopting a Student?)

MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS TO HIS PEOPLE

“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.

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“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

“No good is ever done without some cost and pain to the doer.”

St. Bishop Fulton Sheen

Can You Make the Holidays Brighter for Those Who Have Nothing?

Kids and Sister in blanketsThis year, no toys will be allowed to cross the border for Christmas. Sorry news! But we can provide these sorely needed items to make the holidays brighter for our brothers and sisters in Tijuana:

  • New shoes and socks
  • Blankets
  • Caps
  • Tarps
  • FOOD! (protein-based food especially needed now)
  • MULTI-VITAMINS (especially needed now)

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