“He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly.”

“He has filled the hungry with good things.”  Luke 1:52-53

Maria Elizateth, age 34, is a single mother of two daughters, 4 and 5 years old.  She lives on a piece of “land invasion” near Tecate close to Tijuana East.  She works collecting recyclable materials in the dumps for sale to survive.

She came to the Casa to ask for help, because her 4-year-old daughter is developing a mental problem. The daughter was suspended from kindergarten and the mother was asked to look for professional mental health care. Maria came to the Casa with much anguish, because she doesn’t have the means for such care and treatment.  It was recommended that she go to the city of Mexicali (a 2-hour drive), so she can have a more clear diagnosis and treatment because of her age.  

Casa de los Pobres provided the money for transportation expenses to Mexicali.  The daughter will need to come back for future help as needed to find out about her diagnosis and treatment.  As the mother has no stable job (collecting in the dumps), she lacks medical assistance.  Mary Elizabeth was very, very grateful for the help she received from the Casa along with the food we provided for the little family.

How You Can Help 

  • BLANKETS, TARPS, and STAPLE FOOD ITEMS are needed now.  Oatmeal, beans, rice, sugar, flour, peanut butter, tuna, powdered milk, backyard fruit are all welcomed.
  • Children’s vitamins, baby Tylenol, diapers, soap are needed.

The struggle of these people for the basic necessities of life is unrelenting.  There is no welfare system in Tijuana!  The people living in the colonias outside the city are especially distressed due to recent rains and very cold temperatures.  The wind chill factor makes it even colder in Tijuana and the surrounding hills/colonias, making it more difficult to keep warm at night.  The Casa is swamped with requests for extra FOOD, BLANKETS, and TARPS.

Food, blankets, household items, linens and toys all require permits to cross the border in the truck.  Used clothing is transported in private cars, so it must be in excellent condition.  While the Sisters work is difficult and tedious, they are models of patience and mirror God’s love in all they do.

The part-time Pediatrician in the Casa’s Clinic is seeing significant improvement in preventative care.

The People Pray for You Each Day in Thanks

The people pray each day to thank God for the assistance your donations provide.  In February,, 53 families contributed $18,865.  We also received a generous donation of $2,000 from the La Jolla Kiwanis International Fund.  Thank you Kiwanians!  The men, women, and children of the Casa say THANK YOU for everything!  Thank you also to those who gave blankets, jackets, sweaters, sweats, bedding, and FOOD.

We have NO overhead, except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.  Everything contributed goes directly to help the people.  The truck comes to 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037 every Tuesday to pick up your donations.



  • 20,835 people of all ages were served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
  • Many people received handouts of food daily
  • 1105 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
  • 1650 bags of groceries were given
  • 1615 families obtained clothes and house supplies
  • 370 people personally attended in Social Service Office
  • Groups came to do haircuts
  • 4 trips were made to the far colonias to bring tarps, blankets, and food
  • 24 Scholarship aids were given


“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire if the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness.”  Isaiah 58:10