from St. Francis of Assisi
A Jesuit Novice writes about his recent visit to a distant Colonia:
“We visited Dona Elma, a diabetic, who comes to the Casa when she can for food and medical help. This trip takes two buses and 45 minutes. She has problems seeing and walking. Her house is in a downhill ravine with a difficult and uneven path. I was saddened when I saw the situation in which she lives. The walls are falling apart, the roof doesn’t cover the entire home, and she needs to use a bucket as a toilet since the outhouse is no longer functional. She receives very little help from the government and finds that going to the Casa de los Pobres is worth the difficulties. When she is able to make the trip, she obtains food and medical attention. I was amazed by her faith and joy. In spite of all this, Dona Elma does not lose her good spirits. She says she always tries to look at the bright side of things.”
How You Can Help
In August, the Sisters request:
- SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE CHILDREN — notebooks, pencils, pens, book bags, socks, and NEW SHOES.
The Sisters encourage education and vocational training. The Casa Scholarship Program (bus money, uniforms, and a small tuition) helps serious students attend both primary and advanced schools. This leads to a decent job that breaks the vicious cycle of poverty. It really happens! Most of the students eat breakfast at the Casa and travel to school with full stomachs and clear heads.
The Sisters serve a hearty breakfast (7:30 to 10:30 am) of oatmeal made with milk, beans, and either meat or eggs, coffee and milk. They provide bags of food from the Bodega each Thursday. And also serve bean burritos on Tuesday and Thursday and cheese burritos on Friday. A few townspeople drop off small donations of food occasionally.
- We beg for your backyard donations of EXTRA FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. The Sisters use everything.
THERE IS AN URGENT, CONTINUAL NEED FOR:
- NON-PERISHABLE FOOD OF ALL TYPES
THANK YOU for providing food and assistance for the poor
Your generous donations are acknowledged each day in the Dining Room where
hungry men, women, and children thank God for YOU and the food you supply. Fifty families/individuals contributed $14,396 — this includes a generous $1,000 from an anonymous San Diego Foundation donor. We are also grateful for $5,000 from Mr. John Boere. Sister plans to use this money for some of their many emergencies.
Everything you donate is tax-deductible — there is NO overhead expense and all goes directly to the poor. The Casa truck comes to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 each Tuesday except in August. Tax receipts are available upon request.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS GENEROSITY
- 23,190 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Dining Room
- 525 handouts
- 1,355 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
- 2,700 bags of groceries were given
- 1,460 families obtained clothes and house supplies
- 510 people personally attended in Social Service Office
- Groups came to do haircuts
- 20 Scholarship aids
- 2 trips to deliver food to some neighborhoods