Fiesta! Festa! Please join us to celebrate the Casa!

Please join us on October 24 for mass and a dinner of Father Gil Gentiles’ famous meatballs, with music and fellowship! NO cost, just bring your enthusiasm for the work of the Casa de los Pobres!  This is a celebration of 66 years of the Casa, founded on September 8, 1957, and 81 years of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace, Founded on June 20, 1941 by Mother Catarina ed Jesus Rodriguez.

Where: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 2766 Navajo Road, El Cajon, CA 92020

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2023; 6 PM mass, 7 PM dinner, 8 PM short program.


Questions? call or text 619-755-7363



“Loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is worth more than sacrifices.”

Mark 12:33

Rosario S. writes: “These humble letters are to thank you from my heart as I am gratefulTwo women helped by the Casa to you for all the help you give us. I’m 70 years old, I live alone, my only income is from selling cigars in the streets. May God bless and protect you.”

From Bertha G.: “I give thanks to all the people who make possible all the attention and donations that are great blessings. May God reward you and multiply your generous deeds, same to the sisters at Casa de los Pobres for making possible that all these things get to us.”

Million Meal Event Returning in June

More than 3,000 people of all ages packed 1 million meals during a fun weekend last summer. We delivered them to impoverished families just across the border. We have set our sights this year on packing 1.5 million meals on June 10 and 11, and raising $375,000 to pay for the ingredients. The event is at Cathedral Catholic High School, Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, CA.

We need your hands and hearts once more! Please register today to help pack meals and/or donate. Parishes, ministries, groups, families, and individuals are all welcome.

Casa’s Special Needs This Month

Man helped by the CasaSpecial Requests from Sister Armida this month:

  • New mens’ socks
  • Bar soap
  • Peanut butter, tuna fish, canned evaporated milk, oatmeal, pastas (macaroni, spaghetti), canned corn and vegetables, Spam

We have a new drop-off location for in-kind donations:

  • Brigid’s Parish Office, 4735 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109, Monday-Friday, 8 am –4:00pm.
  • If possible, please put your donations in white plastic bags marked “Casa.”



We gladly accept:

  • 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 and towels
  • New clothes, socks, shoes (sorry, we cannot accept used items)
  • Medicines and vitamins (e.g., Tylenol, cough medicine, children’s cold medicine, multivitamins — unexpired)

Sorry, we cannot accept any used clothing or shoes, any electrical items or building materials, as we are not allowed to take them across the border.

The Casa de los Pobres USA continues to move forward with your help

Thank you for your continued support of the Casa de Los Pobres!  We have been soman received wheelchair from the Casa blessed for the past 40 years to have the incredible dedication of Pat Erzinger, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Casa. She, along with Jacklyn Horton, have recently retired, and we would like to extend our tremendous gratitude for all they have done.

We have a new Board of Directors for the non-profit group, that hopes to send the monthly newsletter via email in the future to save money. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please email us at

Your monetary donations can continue to be safely made in three ways:

  • Online on the website
  • By check payable to “Casa de los Pobres USA” mailed to: Casa de los Pobres USA, PO Box 9596, San Diego, CA 92169
  • Stocks can be accepted through Wells Fargo Advisors

Thank you for continuing to help the “poorest of the poor” at the Casa!


  • 19,120 people received a meal
  • 660 general medical clinic appointments, specialist consultations, prescriptions filled
  • 1,790 bags of groceries given
  • 450 people personally attended in Social Service (includes people who received blankets, hygiene supplies, shoes, and clothing)
  • 4 trips were made to deliver food, blankets, clothes, and tarps to far-away neighborhoods
  • 33 scholarship aids were given

Our prayers for many Lenten graces to you and your family.

Jesus is the Face of the Poor

“To all the persons that make possible that many of us have a plate of food. I live withChildren wearing scarves and hats my husband who injured his back from a fall 2 years ago. I suffer diabetes. I need to work, so I make flour tortillas to sell so I can earn to pay rent, water, and electricity. The groceries we get from the Casa de los Pobres is a great help, and if you could give us tennis shoes, it helps me to come to get my weekly food. Many thanks and may God bless each of you.”  Maria M. Continue reading

“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9

The people would like to let you know how much this helps means to them. Julieta A. woman and her sonwrites . . . “I am very grateful for the great help you have given to me. I live with my son who has autism. Despite this, he tries to help me in ways he can such as watching a small place rented for parking a car. Before, my brother was watching for us and gave us some money for food, but unfortunately for our family, COVID took him away from us as he was a doctor. By a friend, I was able to learn about this place  Casa de Los Pobres, and so to have some food, something I am so grateful for. I suffer high blood pressure, and it is difficult for me to get a job, but I try as I can. I felt lost as my son and me sometimes we did not have any food some days. We need to pay rent, we have been without electricity for months. It is so hard, I was disoriented, how to keep going, but you have given me hope. I feel blessed for all.” Continue reading

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

“Today I want to thank all the people who have contributed in a significant way to my

high school girl with school supplies

studies. I’m infinitely grateful for the help provided by all the members of Casa de los Pobres and those external people who also collaborate with financial and material support. This financial support that is provided has been destined for the payment of school fees, transportation, or material that is required for some subjects. Having said the above, one again I thank each one of you, because without that support, it is likely that the circumstances would be different and the money allocated to my studies would not be enough for my academic needs. I sincerely hope that eveything they have given is rewarded, that they are cared for and protected at all times.” Mariana Continue reading

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you for continuing to support the Casa in these difficult financial times. Along withgirl with new shoes the food, clothing, and services provided to the poor and destitute of Tijuana, the Casa has been helping deserving students through scholarships.

These students would not be able to attend school without this financial aid, and they are very grateful to all of you.

The sentiment below is repeated many times from students who have been given a chance to change their lives for the better. Your Adopt-A Student donations make all of this possible . . . Continue reading

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry . . . then shall your light rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58-10

Margarita V writes, “Hola, my name is Margarita V. I have 3 children. Gilberto works inFamily of 3 children a grain store, Ramiro attends high school, and Roxana is in secondary school. I do not have a stable work because I do not have much studies, I only finished elementary school. I take care of 2 children two or three days a week and I clean houses sometimes. We are so so very grateful for the groceries we receive on Thursdays and sometimes, we receive other surprises such as hygiene supplies, blankets, shoes, or house supplies. And we enjoy breakfast. Thanks to the Sisters and to all the persons who support this mission. May God shower you all with blessings. I send you a flower of love.” Continue reading

“The King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’.”Matthew 25:40

4 kids in blanketsHello, my name is Teresa. I live with my husband and 5 grandchildren, and I take care of them. I write this letter mainly and first of all, to thank God for the existence of this community, Casa de los Pobres. It’s where people receive help, people get food, groceries, and medical care. I also thank God for everyone who works here everyday and helps to cook the food, to serve it, and help to distribute the groceries. And for  every person who fills out our pass in Social Services, to all the doctors that collaborate with their services and to the Sisters who also give their time to help us.May God bless them all and give them much strength and health and well-being to everyone who also work in so many different ways in this community.Continue reading

“Give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” Luke 11:41

Can you help us prepare a million meals on June 10-12 in San Diego? (Or see what the Casa specifically needs below . . .)

3000 volunteers (and $250,000 in donations to pay for the food) are needed at 

Cathedral Catholic High School to set up on Friday, prepare meals on Saturday, and tear down on Sunday. The Casa de Los Pobres is one of the organizations that will receive the prepared meals. Sign up to help or donate:

Help with the Million Meal Event

Your donations to the Casa help the poor in so many different ways. Many of these people write notes of thanks . . .

“My name is Juana. I am single mother and I have cancer. I thank you for the support you send to me (food) through my friend. I and my family are very grateful, especially because I cannot go. Blessings to all the persons who read this note. Thanks.” Continue reading