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
“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
St. Bishop Fulton Sheen
Can You Make the Holidays Brighter for Those Who Have Nothing?
This 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
- FOOD! (protein-based food especially needed now)
- MULTI-VITAMINS (especially needed now)
THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR FOOD IN TIJUANA, AS MANY FOOD PANTRIES ARE CLOSED. Your monetary and food donations are needed urgently!
Meet Jose, a 6-year-old. He told one of the Sisters: “I want to present to you my mom. Her name is Monica and I have a little sister who is three weeks old. My other sister is called Mireya and she will be two years. My dad is Jose. He works in a factory but earns little money. I like very much to play ball and soccer. When I get home from school, my mom gives me a yummy soup and then I do my homework that my teacher gives me. When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor to help the people who are sick and don’t have money to get well.”
Jose is a boy that is very enthusiastic and likes studying a lot. With your help, he can continue on to become what he dreams about: a doctor to help others. This is a good example of scholarship aid in action. Continue reading
St. Ignatius of Antioch
“I am Jesus, I am 67 and homeless. After losing my job and money due to COVID-19, I went to Casa de los Pobres asking for help with deep appreciation for all the mercy I have found. I kindly asked for a pair of tennis shoes, pants, shirt, underwear, and socks. At the same time, I want to thank those who provide all these blessings and the hands of the volunteers who made possible the delivery of these gifts to us, the most vulnerable people of our society. For your help and understanding, thanks!”
Multiply this story many times. These suddenly out-of-work men have discovered the Casa and ask for more than the Sisters are able to provide. But an unexpected bequest has permitted the Sisters to buy some tennis shoes, socks, and underwear at Costco in Tijuana temporarily. Continue reading
The virus situation in Tijuana is serious, and your extra donations are very much appreciated. Many men are out of work and are coming for the first time to ask for food, shoes, socks, underwear, and toiletry items. Thanks to several large donations, the Sisters are joyfully shopping at Costco in Tijuana to purchase the much-needed sneakers (at very good prices) and other items. Sister Armida and the Sisters are thrilled to provide such necessities for these men. You can imagine how they all must feel! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!
The Sisters, cooks, and helpers are working long hours to feed and care for all who come. Food must be specially-packaged, hand washing facilitated, mask distributed, and on and on. This is costly. Continue reading
“My wife and I lost the room where we used to live because the Maquila where we were working closed. Right now, we are living on the streets or in the parks. When we have some money, we pay for a shelter. I want to thank all the people who selflessly help us. Really, thank you very much. I really don’t know what would become of many of us, mainly all of the elderly like me. I am 64 years old and lost my job 2 months ago, and my few savings ran out. Someone told me about this place, so I started coming 4 days ago.”
These stories are good examples of what your monthly donations provide. We thank God for YOU! Continue reading
SOS! The Casa needs face masks!
Can you help us keep the people of the Casa safe? The Sisters serve 800 meals per day, and need more face masks! Can you sew a few? Or this company will deliver a pack of 12 for $24.99 plus tax: https://stores.customink.com/health-wellness/products/1842
You can deliver face masks to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Continue reading
Those whom the Casa serves are destitute.
The people live in drafty shacks that areinfested with rats and other critters. They often experience the trauma of empty stomachs, cold nights, insecurity, and premature death. And their needs are great in this time of COVID-19. Continue reading
Can you help us in this most-urgent time of need?
Sister Armida says the Casa is out of food. Many more are coming to eat during the coronavirus crisis, and the Sisters are having difficulty keeping up with the demand.
Our drop-off location at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 hasn’t received any food or other donations for at least two weeks. Can you help us during this urgent need for food?
We specifically need:
- Tuna, peanut butter, canned milk, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, assorted pasta
Your donations can be left outside the door at 6432 Cardeno Drive. If you don’t want to personally shop for these items, you can have them shipped directly to our drop-off address.
Thank you for your generosity during this crisis.