St. Teresa Casita - Serving Those in Greatest Need
Since the Casita is named after Saint Teresa of Calcutta it seems appropriate that we start with her. As you may know, she was a woman of small stature. But what she lacked in height was offset by the enormity of the love she had in her heart.
That love was for the poor, the hungry, the afflicted - the outcasts of Society. Her life was dedicated to the needy so it’s no wonder that the Casita is dedicated to the needy so it is also why we dedicated the Casita to her and her mission. The mission statement, “serving those in greatest need” was inspired by this great Saint. Like Saint Teresa we are called to seek the poorest of the poor, and to seek “Calcutta” in our own hometown.
The Casita has a growing list of the needy here in San Pedro. You most likely encounter them every day. The Casita started in September 2017 and distributed what it could - a bag of flour and clothing. The count at that time was about 10 and 20 visitors. It has grown to a planned community day twice monthly. We serve over 80 families. Due to the pandemic, we had to adapt to creative ways of praying and serving with our visitors. All community days include an element of prayer and visitors are encouraged to say prayers or stop by the church and offer thanks to Our Lord.
These people are visited and interviewed. We know them personally. We do deliver to those in great need and are not getting any other assistance. We continue to establish our work of mercy organization at our San Pedro Roman Catholic Church serving those in greatest need.
How Can I Help?
Donations - Donations are of course essential to the operation of the Casita for without them what’s the sense? Donations vary so we ask if you can contact us to inquire about what is needed for each month.
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