“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall enjoy everything.”

St. Francis of Assisi

We asked Sister, “What are the greatest needs?”  Sister Armida’s answer:


kids in truck-2Sick people line up at the Clinic while it is still dark and cold. At this time, our weather is especially cold and inclement. The breakfast lines are very long. People begin arriving at 6:00 AM and circle around the sidewalks outside the Casa shivering while waiting for the doors to open. The Casa is a place of refuge, spiritual solace and friendship for the many men, women, and children who come here.

The people suffer from wind and cold weather, especially at night. They huddle together to try and keep warm.  The Sisters request:

  • Blankets, tarps
  • Warm jackets, socks
  • FOOD
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Soap, towels
  • Baby, children, and men’s clothing
  • Any extra citrus or other fruit you may harvest from your yard

Casa ColoniasAll used clothing is presorted by the Sisters at the storage unit in Chula Vista and transported in private autos — an arduous task. The Sisters are required to get permits for everything.

“God is in charge and we are His helpers.”  Sr. Armida

We thank God for all who donated money to feed the hungry people, and for you who donated blankets, tarps, food, and warm clothing. We are grateful for the steady supply of blankets from the Scripps ER, delivered by Ron. Your generosity for January was $16,236 from 43 of our monthly donors. This includes a generous $2,300 from All Hallows Parish and a generous $2,000 donation from the La Jolla Kiwanis International Giving Fund. Thank you!  Late Christmas giving totaled $5897.50. Many new tarps were donated as well! THANK YOU!  casa truck at colonia

Because of your great generosity, Sister was able to purchase more blankets and some extra food for the out-lying Colonias. The excitement was high as the Casa truck rolled into a distant Colonia to distribute the new blankets and food. Both children and adults ran to the truck to receive their precious gifts. They felt loved, special, and remembered.

Thank you for your continued donations in these uncertain times. We are grateful for YOU. The Casa is a real-life example of the multiplication of the loves and fishes.


January 2016 Report:

  • 21,010 people of all ages were served hot meals in our Dining Room. Many people received handouts of food daily.
  • 1,260 General Medical Clinic visits and prescriptions filled
  • 2,700 bags of groceries were given
  • 1,900 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 320 people personally attended in Social Service Office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 20 Scholarship aids were given
  • 4 trips to deliver food to some neighborhoods, along with clothes, shoes, blankets, and tarps.