“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Group of children with school supplies

Every day, the Casa helps so many in desperate need, like Maria Teresa S .  . .

“I am 71 years old, widow, suffer heart deficiency, live in one room rented in a very poor zone, without the basic public services, and pay $1,200 pesos (about $63 U.S.) monthly.”

She has two sons who cannot help her because they have family and low incomes. She is taking care of 5 grandchildren, from 7 to 15 years old, since they were little. Their father died 5 years ago, and the mother of these children is in jail since 7 years ago. This grandmother is very concerned because she cannot offer or give a better life to them. She does not have a stable job, she is worried about their education, she tells her story in tears. One of the boys, Jose, has severe malnutrition health problems, is not growing well physically. 

The Casa has offered medical care immediately, scholarship aid and school supplies for the other children, a card for weekly groceries, shoes for all of them. We have asked her to come for any other urgent need she has with the hope that we can keep giving supporting aid to this very sad grandmother, and she may experience a relief as she said thank you. Wiping away her tears, she turned and smiled and said she will come back.

Your donations change lives!

Two women holding food and blanket

“This is my first visit here, I live far. In my situation, so difficult with poverty. But God is always with us.”  Rosa O.

“I know you are persons with great hearts, may God bless you.”  Alicia R.

Winter help is needed!

Direct donations of food have declined recently, yet they are so necessary. With winter approaching, there is a need for:

  • Many more 8′ x 10′ and 10′ x 12′ tarps to keep the makeshift dwellings dry and a big warmer.
  • Staple foods: oatmeal, canned milk, cereals, tomato sauce, canned tuna fish and spam, peanut butter and jelly, pancake mix, and macaroni for salad.
  • Men’s socks
  • Cloth towels in any size

Christmas is around the corner, so please look for sales for simple toys for the children.

Your donations may be dropped off at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla (you can leave your donations at the front door). They are taken to Tijuana weekly. The families living in the Colonias/dumps suffer greatly during the winter months and often become sick.

May God bless you for your goodness

Thank you for your contributions! Your gifts buy food and medical supplies for hundreds of families who eat in the Casa’s patio area, and who come to the Bodega for bags of food and to visit the Clinic. The Sisters and people pray for you every day. 

Sister Armida and the Sisters express their deep gratitude for your continued help all these years as they celebrate 65 years of missionary work in Tijuana. Each day, the Sisters humbly thank God and YOU for His miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

OCTOBER 2022

  • 19,280 people received a meal (refugees included) — that’s more than 900  meals per day (Monday through Friday).
  • 700 general medical clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,930 bags of groceries were given
  • 810 people personally attended in Social Service office (includes people who received blankets, hygiene supplies, shoes, and new clothing)
  • 40 Scholarship Aids (Can you help by adopting a student?)
  • 3 trips to deliver food and blankets

“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9

The people would like to let you know how much this helps means to them. Julieta A. woman and her sonwrites . . . “I am very grateful for the great help you have given to me. I live with my son who has autism. Despite this, he tries to help me in ways he can such as watching a small place rented for parking a car. Before, my brother was watching for us and gave us some money for food, but unfortunately for our family, COVID took him away from us as he was a doctor. By a friend, I was able to learn about this place  Casa de Los Pobres, and so to have some food, something I am so grateful for. I suffer high blood pressure, and it is difficult for me to get a job, but I try as I can. I felt lost as my son and me sometimes we did not have any food some days. We need to pay rent, we have been without electricity for months. It is so hard, I was disoriented, how to keep going, but you have given me hope. I feel blessed for all.” Continue reading

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

“Today I want to thank all the people who have contributed in a significant way to my

high school girl with school supplies

studies. I’m infinitely grateful for the help provided by all the members of Casa de los Pobres and those external people who also collaborate with financial and material support. This financial support that is provided has been destined for the payment of school fees, transportation, or material that is required for some subjects. Having said the above, one again I thank each one of you, because without that support, it is likely that the circumstances would be different and the money allocated to my studies would not be enough for my academic needs. I sincerely hope that eveything they have given is rewarded, that they are cared for and protected at all times.” Mariana Continue reading

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you for continuing to support the Casa in these difficult financial times. Along withgirl with new shoes the food, clothing, and services provided to the poor and destitute of Tijuana, the Casa has been helping deserving students through scholarships.

These students would not be able to attend school without this financial aid, and they are very grateful to all of you.

The sentiment below is repeated many times from students who have been given a chance to change their lives for the better. Your Adopt-A Student donations make all of this possible . . . Continue reading

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry . . . then shall your light rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58-10

Margarita V writes, “Hola, my name is Margarita V. I have 3 children. Gilberto works inFamily of 3 children a grain store, Ramiro attends high school, and Roxana is in secondary school. I do not have a stable work because I do not have much studies, I only finished elementary school. I take care of 2 children two or three days a week and I clean houses sometimes. We are so so very grateful for the groceries we receive on Thursdays and sometimes, we receive other surprises such as hygiene supplies, blankets, shoes, or house supplies. And we enjoy breakfast. Thanks to the Sisters and to all the persons who support this mission. May God shower you all with blessings. I send you a flower of love.” Continue reading

“The King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’.”Matthew 25:40

4 kids in blanketsHello, my name is Teresa. I live with my husband and 5 grandchildren, and I take care of them. I write this letter mainly and first of all, to thank God for the existence of this community, Casa de los Pobres. It’s where people receive help, people get food, groceries, and medical care. I also thank God for everyone who works here everyday and helps to cook the food, to serve it, and help to distribute the groceries. And for  every person who fills out our pass in Social Services, to all the doctors that collaborate with their services and to the Sisters who also give their time to help us.May God bless them all and give them much strength and health and well-being to everyone who also work in so many different ways in this community.Continue reading

“Give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” Luke 11:41

Can you help us prepare a million meals on June 10-12 in San Diego? (Or see what the Casa specifically needs below . . .)

3000 volunteers (and $250,000 in donations to pay for the food) are needed at 

Cathedral Catholic High School to set up on Friday, prepare meals on Saturday, and tear down on Sunday. The Casa de Los Pobres is one of the organizations that will receive the prepared meals. Sign up to help or donate:

Help with the Million Meal Event

Your donations to the Casa help the poor in so many different ways. Many of these people write notes of thanks . . .

“My name is Juana. I am single mother and I have cancer. I thank you for the support you send to me (food) through my friend. I and my family are very grateful, especially because I cannot go. Blessings to all the persons who read this note. Thanks.” Continue reading

“They only asked us to remember the poor — the very thing I also was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10

“My name is Delia. I give thanks to Casa de los Pobres and benefactors as it is throughtwo moms you all each week I receive breakfast and groceries to take home, for me so much needed. I also have received blankets and shoes and tarp to cover my place as water came in. I am fortunate that this place and people still exist and think about the poor. It was very difficult during pandemia to have a job at least for 2 or 3 days. I thank God with all my heart, may He give you many blessings.” Continue reading

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God”

Small child in Tijuana“My name is Virginia N. I have 37 years. I am a single mother and have two daughters,   Julian, 12 years, and a four-year-old. I am a person with little resources and need to support them and pay for school supplies, and take care of my father who is 83 years old. For him, I need a wheelchair if possible, please, as it is hard for me to transport him to doctors appointments. I need tennis shoes, tarps for my roof please, and may God bless you always. Many many thanks.”

Blankets and Staple Foods are Needed Now

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“Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak. The Lord will save him in the day of evil.” Psalm 41

THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE CRY OF THE POOR. You made Christmas a time ofMother and 3 kids JOY for our brothers and sisters in Christ who endure harsh poverty in the dumps of Tijuana. Your generosity provided bags of special food and a new blanket for 1500 families.

Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit. The people were delighted to also receive oranges and apples in their bag of treats. Your generous donations purchased the food (Chickens and shoes were donated) and blankets. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate your generous giving and love for the poor in Tijuana who come to the Casa. Continue reading