St. Leo the Great
Education is Breaking the Cycle of Poverty!
This month, we sent Sister $2,180 in designated scholarship aid. Two students are now attending University — this is unheard of! Many younger ones are excelling in school because of your scholarship aid. Thank you, thank you!
This is how you can help break the cycle of poverty, by adopting a student.
Monthly Donations Help the Poorest of the Poor to Survive
“Mr. Martin J. (57) and his wife Laura (52) came to the Casa de los Pobres for help. Their son Fernando is 13 years old and in 6th grade. Martin has high blood pressure. He used to work as a taxi driver where he was assaulted and badly beaten. As a result, he started to lose his sight and is now jobless due to his disability.
“Laura has diabetes, high blood pressure, and advanced osteoporosis. Martin is worried because today his son went to school without having breakfast. When he returns to his house, there will be no food. They have no electricity or gas and NO food!
“We sent food to the boy at his school. We gave Martin and Laura a Clinic pass, a card for them to receive weekly food (Bodega Day), and some money to pay the electricity and gas bill. They left the Casa very happy and blessing God for the help they received in this very needful moment.”
This story is a good example of what your monthly donations provide. We thank God for your great generosity!
How You Can Help Right Now
SPECIAL APPEAL from Sister Armida: all types of staple foods are requested . . .
- Beans, rice, tuna, canned milk, peanut butter, and oatmeal
- Sheets, towels, blankets
- Excess fruit such as oranges, limes, or lemons from your trees
- Extra home grown vegetables
- School supplies — notebooks, pencils, pens, book bags, socks, and new shoes
These groceries are given to the people on Bodega Day and in emergency situations. One of our generous donors purchases food and toiletries by watching for store specials and clipping coupons. Every two or three weeks, she delivers over $300 worth of food. What a vocation!
Sorry, but used clothing cannot be transported across the border.
The Casa is the Lifeline for These People
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. Many apply for food cards from the Social Service office because they have no food at home. These cards enable hundreds to come for Bodega Day each Thursday and 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, providng clothing and other necessities are the great works of mercy and the heart of the Casa. We thank you for your participation in these works of mercy by your donations and prayers. This month, we received 72 donations (29 from PayPal) totaling $17.502.13.
The people are grateful for every donation. We have no overhead, except minimal PayPal and credit card charges.
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU
MAY 2019 REPORT
- 23,700 people of all ages served hot meals in the Casa Dining Room
- Countless received handouts of food daily
- 1300 General Medical Clinic and prescriptions filled
- 2,405 bags of groceries were given
- 1,535 families obtained clothes and house supplies
- 460 people personally attended in Social Service office
- Groups came to haircuts
- 32 Scholarship Aids!
- 2 trips to far away colonies to deliver food and blankets
- End of the month Coronation of Our Blessed Mother Virgin Mary
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” Matthew 25:35