“What is this new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest”

Guadalupe is a 44-year-old widow from Veracruz. She came to the Casa very desperate and angished, as her husband recently died from a fall while working on a high ladder.  She has 5 young children.  Her husband’s work manager would not take any responsibility for the accident.  Guadalupe works cleaning houses when possible, but her children are small, and she has no one to help her care for them. They all live in one small room, but at least they are together.  She receives clothes, food on Thursdays, and Clinic services for herself and the children.  In September, the three children who go to school will receive backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes. She is very grateful!

The men, women, and children who come to the Casa are weak, need medical care, food, and clothing.  They are overwhelmed with physical and mental ills. The Sisters provide hope, courage, strength, and love to these people.  Most are hungry, and so they apply for food cards from the Social Service Office. Often, they have no food at home. The cards enable hundreds to come for “Bodega Day” each Thursday to receive a bag of donated groceries — beans, rice, a few vegetables, a can of food, and some day-old bread.  FOOD IS UPPERMOST IN THE MINDS OF THE POOR.  Feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, providing clothing and other necessities are the great works of mercy and are the heart of the Casa.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THESE WORKS OF MERCY BY YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS.

Thank You for Helping!

The Food Packaging Event at St. Brigid’s Parish on June 3rd was a huge success thanks to the dedicated work of Caroline Kelner and her many volunteers. We thank the local merchants who donated great prizes for the raffle.  We thank St. Brigid’s Pastor Msgr. Steven Callahan and the many helpers, including the Band.  You are great!  

For the month of May, 26 scholarships were provided that assist eager students to learn.  Can you help to sponsor a student with a monthly scholarship gift?

In May, we received 56 donations totaling $16,264.31!  You can donate online (you don’t need a PayPal account), or mail your check (made out to Casa de Los Pobres USA)  to Pat Erzinger, 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA  92037.

How You Can Help with Food Donations

Special appeal from Sister Armida:  all types of staple food items are requested:

  • Beans, rice, tuna, canned milk, peanut butter, oatmeal.

 These groceries are given to the people on Bodega Day and in emergency situations.  One of our own generous donors purchases food, toiletries, and fabric for baby blankets by watching for store specials and clipping coupons.  Every two to three weeks, she delivers over $300 worth of food!  What a vocation!  We also need:

  • Sheets, Towels, Blankets
  • Women’s warm jackets and sweaters.  NO OTHER WOMEN’S CLOTHING CAN BE ACCEPTED.  The jackets and sweaters must be cleaned, ironed, and folded as flat as possible to be transported in the trunks of private autos.
  • Excess fruit from your trees:  oranges, limes, lemons
  • Extra home-grown vegetables

You can leave your donated food and other items on the porch at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA  92037. We have no overhead except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.  

IN THE NAME OF THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES RECEIVING PART OF WHAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU, AND ON BEHALF OF THE SISTERS OF THE CASA, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU

May 2017 Report

  • 27,320 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
  • Many people received handouts of food daily
  • 525 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1,620 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,445 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 420 people personally attended in Social Service office
  • Groups came to do free haircuts
  • 26 Scholarship aids were given
  • 2 trips were made to deliver food, clothes, and shoes to some neighborhoods

Scholarship Donations at Work! “As God has given to you, so you must give to others.”

Colossians 3:13

“First-year University student Anayeli, 17, and her mother came to Casa de los Pobres very worried to ask for help, so she may continue her career at the University. Anayeli lives with her mother, father, and brothers, 15 and 11 years old.  Her father works at a car wash and earns less than the minimum each week.  Her mother cleans houses two days a week earning a few pesos.  These small earnings don’t cover the rent, electricity, water, transportation, or school fees and supplies. Anayeli works half-time as a receptionist earning about 32 pesos a week.  With the help of the Casa, her parents, and her own earnings, Anayeli hopes to continue her education at University, so she can become a Child Psychologist to specialize in disabilities.”   Continue reading

“The kind of fasting that pleases me is sharing your food with the hungry.”

Isaiah 58:6

“She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God.”  

“Thank you for helping us with food and school supplies. My family and I are very grateful to the people that make possible this great support. My daughter is very moved to continue to be a better person, student, and good citizen. She knows she has to do all things as if they are for God. The rewards always come from heaven and they are manifested through people like you, of good heart.”  Sincerely Ralf and Liria, parents to Isis.  

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2016 Christmas Distribution to 1500 Families in Tijuana, Mexico

Fifteen hundred families came via many bus lines or on foot from the hills and dumps to attend an early morning Mass. Some even arrived the night before and camped out in the street. 

A breakfast of cocoa and hot cinnamon buns was served to those waiting in line to receive the gifts. Humble men and women stood in line for hours to receive a chicken, a bag of beans, rice, oatmeal, sugar, tuna, canned milk, and fruit, along with a new blanket.  They were thrilled and grateful to receive this food and the other gifts, including shoes for the children.

Christmas Distribution at the Casa

The mission of the Casa is to glorify God through the works of mercy. The people did indeed glorify God and the Holy Family by their thankfulness and joy as they happily received their food, blankets, and a toy or a ball. The patio was decorated for Christmas, and a live Manger scene was created by bringing two or three animals from the City of Mercy Mental Hospital in Rosarita Beach. Continue reading

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

Those who were helped with your Christmas gifts have nothing. They live in the dumps on windy hills, have no running water, and electricity is scarce. Men, women, and children suffer from malnutrition and lung diseases caused by the continual breathing of polluted burning garbage fumes.  They are people like Maria . . .  Stories of the Casa

“Maria, a single mother of 34, and her four children are new to the Casa. The Sisters are helping them with food and medical assistance. Maria’s twin daughters, now age 5, were born premature. As they started kindergarten, the teachers noticed the girls were in need of medical care because of epilepsy, developmental, neurological, and vision problems.

One of the twins needs glasses and orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The other twin suffers from shingles in different parts of her little body, but the mother does not have money to buy medicines.  Continue reading

“Today and always, the poor are the privileged recipients of the Gospel.”

Pope Benedict, Emeritus

SPECIAL APPEAL IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS

The Sisters pray that we 4-kids-with-blanket-1collect enough money to provide a special CHRISTMAS BAG of food along with a blanket for 1500 of the most helpless families.  The Sisters attended Masses at All Hallows Church on November 26-27 to meet with the people. We need increased cash and food donations for the poor families who live in the dumps of Tijuana, Mexico, just 40 miles from our warm homes. In the Franciscan Spirit, Sister Armida believes with all of her heart that “GOD WILL PROVIDE.”    Continue reading

Share Your Halloween Candy

Students and parishioners of San Diego County – can you share part of your Halloween candy for the children of the Casa de los Pobres (House of the Poor) in Tijuana?

The candy will become part of the Christmas distribution at the Casa. The Sisters of the halloweenFranciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Queen of Peace coordinate an annual Christmas distribution where 1,500 impoverished families receive a chicken, rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit, and a bag of candy to make the festivities a little sweeter.  Families also receive blankets, jackets, shoes and toys for the children.

If you’d like to share your Halloween candy, please leave your candy donations in the office of your school or church, and mark them, “Casa de los Pobres.”  Continue reading

“If you can do good, do not put it off, because almsgiving frees us from death.”

St. Polycarp, Bishop

Gloria G., 30 years old, learned about Casa de los Pobres in mid-September, and she came to ask for help for her and her 10-year-old son. Her husband abandoned her six years ago, afraid of her advanced tuberculosis. In spite of this serious condition, with help of family and other people, she had treatment that saved her life, although she lost one of her lungs.

She continues to be under medical care; she suffers physical tiredness, so she cannot have a stable job. Frequently, she needs to be in the hospital. Doctors recommend a balanced diet to gain weight, but she cannot recuperate because she does not have the money to keep a nutritional diet. She learned to do some haircuts and nails and other simple things to be able to earn a little money to support her son who is in school. This summer, he worked in a supermarket bagging food, so he could buy his backpack and return to school. After listening to her story, the Casa offered her a card to come weekly for groceries on Bodega Day, shoes for her son, school supplies, and added her son to the scholarship aid list. Gloria was very surprised and very grateful to God for finding Casa de los Pobres.   Continue reading

“The Lord is Just and Loves Justice; the Upright Shall See His Face.”

Psalm 11

A Jesuit Seminarian stayed at the Casa last year, and here is part of his story . . .

“I went to teach catechism with Sisters Angeles and Teresa in the Santa Julia Colonia. It is far off and known for its high crime rate. Many houses are built precariously along the hillside. We visited two hardworking families. They were very warm and generous. We later reached the Center, a small building with three classrooms and a large field. The Sisters told of the problems they have with theft and vandalism even though the rooms are very simple. It was living in extreme poverty or in very desperate situations which led to this destruction, I thought.”

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