Jesus is the Face of the Poor

Marya and her four children live in a friend’s half-open garage. They suffer fromMother and 3 children exposure to the elements, both hot and cold. The father deserted the family, and the poor Mom has a fatal tumor that is being treated in the Clinic. But she carries on and cleans houses when she is able. She encourages and supports the children to study hard and get good grades. The two boys, ages 9 and 12, take school seriously, and get such good grades that they are in the Scholarship Program.

This is the type of family that received food, a blanket, and toys at the Casa’s Christmas distribution. Those who receive the Christmas gifts live in the dumps on windy hills, have no running water, electricity is scarce and often provided via extension cords strung from house to house. “Bathrooms” are crude. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and diseases caused by breathing the burning garbage fumes. This is truly third-world living right on our doorstep. They were comforted with a Happy Christmas feast!

“My needs are many, but for now I am grateful I could have a stable job. I live in the streets. I thank you for your humble offer of help for personal needs. Thank you for whatever it can be. God bless you all.”  Jesus R.

May God Bless You for Your Generous Donations

man with blanketThank you for helping our brothers and sisters in the slums of Tijuana during this holy season of Advent. We received $23,169 from our special Christmas letter, and $43,639 ($25,000 from a Family Foundation) from our regular monthly donors (80 families). $1,520 went to the Casa for Scholarships.

We also received a generous $2,000 from the La Jolla Kiwanis International Fund, and 52 cases of protein bars plus 1,000 food items from Bhu Foods. We unloaded a huge SUV filled with canned goods and groceries from Blessed Sacrament Parish in San Diego. Caroline Kelner and her energetic team packaged thousands of bags of Halloween candy for the Christmas distribution. We are thankful for so many wonderful gifts.

These donations helped provide a special bag of groceries and a chicken for 1500 of3 young children the poorest families, along with the precious gift of a new blanket.

Thank you for your continuing support. Please pray for the people and the Sisters. The impoverished men, women, and children who come to the Casa are grateful and feel your loving care. Without you, they would not celebrate such a Happy and warm Christmas. Sister Armida relies on “God to provide.” He surely does through your open hearts.

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“Blessed are the lowly, they shall inherit the land.” Matthew 5:4

woman with food

Alejandra L. writes,”I came from the state of Oaxaca. I am a single mother, and I come to ask for help, please as I am living with a cousin temporarily and looking for work. Sorry to ask you for rent, my children need shoes and clothes, one girl and two boys. Thank you for any help you can provide to me.

From Jose R: “I am and stay where God the Father permits me. I need a blanket. I can possibly get a job as guardian, but I need proper clothes and a jacket. If I can have some help to pay a rent, and I will put all my energy of life to live as it is so sad to be on the streets. I accept all you can offer me and may God reward you and give you more.Continue reading

“Almsgiving frees one from death.” 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.”   Continue reading

“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.

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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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