About the USA Non-Profit

About Casa De Los Pobres USA

Casa De Los Pobres, U.S.A. is a non-profit corporation formed to support Casa de los Pobres in Tijuana, Mexico.  Hundreds of donors help to keep the Casa’s doors open each month, to feed and help the poorest of the poor in the city’s colonias.

  • The mission of the Casa de los Pobres USA is to support the Casa de los Pobres in Tijuana, Mexico, a non-profit that serves the poor in Tijuana by providing food, clothing, medical care and other needed services.

The Directors of the USA Non-Profit corporation are:

Rev Gil Gentile

Caroline Kelner, President

Rev. Gil Gentile, SJ, Vice President

Steven Shackford, MD, FACS, Treasurer

Renate Pilz, Secretary

Ruth Gomez, Secretary

Rev. Msgr. Dennis Mikulanis

Rev. Matt Spahr

Deacon Kevin Murray, MD

Sr. Armida Andrade MFP

  • Sister Armida has been serving at the Casa de los Pobres for more than 35 years.

Sr Armida

How You Can Help: 

  1. Donations are needed!  Please make your check payable to: Casa de los Pobres, USA
  2. Mail to:  Casa de Los Pobres USA, P.O Box 9596, San Diego, CA 92169
  3. NEW!  Donate online by credit card or PayPal!

Casa De Los Pobres, U.S.A.      Tax ID #45-0514951

NEW Drop-Off Location for Donations — St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 4735 Cass Street, San Diego 92109, Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:00 pm

We will gladly accept your donations of:

  • Canned, dried, and boxed food items (unexpired)
  • Beans, rice (in packages of 10 or 20 pounds)
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, tarps
  • Hygienic and cleaning supplies
  • New sheets, new towels
  • New clothes, socks, shoes (sorry, we cannot accept used items)
  • Medicine and vitamins (Tylenol, cough medicine, children’s cold medicine, daily vitamins — unexpired)

Please place your donations in white plastic bags with “CASA” written on them.

Sorry, we cannot accept any used clothing, used shoes, any type of electrical item, and any building materials.


11 thoughts on “About the USA Non-Profit

  1. I have over 2000 single catheters……I wish to donate these to the casa de pobres.i was once stuck In tiajuana and the casa de pobres helped me alot . How can I donate these?

    • You can drop the catheters off at St. Brigid’s parish, 8735 Cass St, San Diego (Pacific Beach), from 8 AM to 4 PM M-F. Please put in a box or a WHITE plastic bag labeled “CASA.” You can also drop off in Coronado, if you need that address please email us at casadelospobresusa@gmail.com
      Thanks for your donation!

  2. Tengo 3 hijos entre los 6 y un año, tengo mucha ropa semi nueva como la puedo donar desde los Angeles CA?

    • Hola Idania, ¡Gracias por preguntar! Podemos usar ropa de los niños que esté en buenas condiciones, limpia y doblada.
      Si estás en san diego, puedes dejarlos en nuestra dirección de la jolla – 6432 cardeno drive, la jolla 92037. Muchas gracias.

      Bendiciones. Pat

  3. My husband has been taking food and misc. to Casa de Los Pobres for years, but he’s getting on in years and finding it more difficult to make his monthly trips. I went on-line and found how to donate using Pay Pal, which makes it so easy.

    He recently saw an article on-line where some elderly church members from OK tried taking school backpacks each filled if supplies across the Mexican border and Mex. Border agents confiscated the backpacks, threw them on the ground and then trampled them. They arrested the elderly, confiscated their vehicles and fined them $5000@ in order to be released. So now my husband is no longer willing to drive across the border and glad we have our account set up to help Casa monthly .

  4. I would like to inquire what type of volunteers are needed. I am only available on the weekends. Also, I would like to know how if it is possible to sponsor a child’s education or do you have just a general donation fund. . Thanks much!

    • Thank you Mercedes, for asking about volunteering at the Casa! The Casa will reopen on September 1 (the Casa is closed for cleaning and repairs in August). Meals are served Monday through Friday, and the Clinic is open during the week, along with other services. Volunteers are welcomed to help Monday through Friday.

      The Casa has a Scholarship Fund and donations are welcome for that specific purpose. A Scholarship consists of bus money, a school uniform, possibly a pair of shoes and school supplies. To donate to the Casa Scholarship Fund, indicate “Scholarship Fund” on your check.

      You have also given us a wonderful idea to launch an “Adopt a Student” program. You’ll soon see information on “Adopt a Student” on this website! Thank you for the idea!

  5. Very much interested in donating and becoming involved with Casa de Pobres.
    Attended mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral for Father Gil’s going away Mass. Very moving and a beautiful celebration!!!!!!!!
    God bless you all for the work that you do!


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