Saint Teresa Casita Parish Ministry
Our mission statement, “Serving others with God’s love to give them Hope and Peace" was inspired by this great saint and serves as our banner as we focus on those in greatest need.
In particular, we want to help single moms and families with young children. We also strive to assist abused women, persons that are mentally challenged, and those who are hurting and in need of spiritual healing. We also council and assist single moms considering abortion to choose life and make available all the tools necessary to achieve this goal. In short, providing sustenance is only one of the many functions of the Casita.
To ensure the Casita is reaching those in greatest need; a vetting process is undertaken to verify need. We personally get to form a relationship with each person.
Information is gathered and a follow up visit is undertaken. We provide an initial bag of food to all we visit, but our ultimate goal is a holistic approach which encompasses body, soul and mind. If a person or family, after vetting, is determined not to be in dire need of food (for example if they have a decent job), we will still assist them in any way we can with the resources available to us.
Hosting Donor is a donor who would like to raise funds and reach out to their friends and family to assist our various needs for the poor. Several ideas include hosting our "Charity Day Event" (Food) with all the provisions for the food bags (80) families on a Charity Day, Education Scholarships, Medical, Pregnant Mom who may need help to walk with her medical expenses and baby until she gives birth.
We are looking for donations for bulk grains, chicken, eggs and the various needs mentioned above.
We have a donate button below where you can donate. If you are here in San Pedro Town, I would love to set up a call to discuss further.
Charity Day Photos
How Can I Help?
Donations for the Poor - Please consider contributing to the "Poor." All donations go directly to the care of those in need. We are requesting hosting donors to support our Charity Days which are held every two weeks here at our beach courtyard. For more information: Tel:+501-615-3372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers - We pray for the poor, the needy and the sick. Certainly your collective prayers will ensure success. How could it not? God listens and provides.
Volunteers - There is a saying, “many hands make light work”. We need more hands in light of the work we need to do. The Casita will always be looking for dedicated leaders and individuals to come and join our great organization. We are looking for anyone willing to work from home with good writing skills. We also visit our families that come on community days. If you think you are ready to be one of us kindly contact the church at 623-3372 or visit the Casita located at the back of the church.
What Our Volunteers Say
My journey as part of St. Teresa Of Calcutta Casita began upon hearing an announcement through the PA System at School. There was an announcement welcoming students who wanted to do community service. I remember sharing this with my homeroom, a freshman group. A group of them came together and seeing them interact with the little ones doing arts and craft or just talking with them made me see a different side of our youths. I noticed they weren't concerned with what others were thinking, rather they were just being of service and being involved. Some really expressed that they liked being there and bonded with the children. Others were more of service by helping out serving and distributing the bags and snacks. Just seeing them give of their time, especially on an early Saturday morning, was an act of responsibility and love. A handful of them showed interest and continued serving. At the moment things have changed a bit due to the current situation with the pandemic; nevertheless, the program continues and we have new members and I am proud and happy to work along every individual who comes to assist. We have 5 youths that continue to be committed. It brings me joy seeing them show up, pray together, work together as a team, bond and laugh. It just seems this has become a part of who they are. This activity hopefully opens their hearts to values that they can hold on to and share. I am thankful for the opportunity given and enjoy working with the St. Teresa Teresa Casita Family.
— Our Youth Leader
Serving at the Mother Teresa Casita gives me great satisfaction, a feeling that goes beyond and makes me feel special. It is almost a year now and each distribution day leaves me with peace and grace that what is done is pleasant to Our Lord. We, as a community are called to help others, help those in need. "Whatsoever you do...that you do onto Me".
— Anonymous Volunteer
I am so glad to be part of the Saint Teresa Of Calcutta Casita Volunteer Youth Group at San Pedro RC Church. It makes me happy when I help. Today as I reached, the first thing we did was pray and this remains with me for the rest of the day. It brings me joy seeing the people happy. I thank God for this opportunity to learn to be responsible and helpful. It has been a year volunteering and I want to continue giving of my time to serve. We are a family looking out after each other.
— Alvin Reyes (14 years old)
My experience at the St. Teresa of Calcutta Casita has been a wonderful experience. It's been almost 2 years at the Casita volunteering. I have made strong bonds with most of the youth volunteers. We have formed good friendships. Although my family and I have challenges, it is wonderful to give back to other mothers and families in need. Serving God is the most rewarding. It is not only about helping mothers in need; it’s about letting them know they are valued by other women and God!
— Yandel Rodriguez (14 years old)
We all are one. We all have our struggles, but it is beautiful how strangers can come together and support each other to get a task done and become friends. It is not about being recognized for what we do, but in giving love and of our time that fills our hearts. Today marks more than a year volunteering and as a team we came together to get the food bags prepared, had our bit of fun in our sacred space working and thanked God for His blessings before and after our gathering.
— Anonymous Youth Volunteer
Today, our volunteers came out to the Grotto at San Pedro RC Church to distribute school supplies and gifts to children along with essential packaged food and vegetables to over 70 visitors. Madre Teresita prayed for all our volunteers and our visitors in need. We thank Our Lord for a beautiful day and to see all the smiling faces on our visitors when even in these hard times, they still have hope and joy in their hearts.
— Nicholas and Alexandria Lausen