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CASA FRANCISCANA OUTREACH
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Faith-based volunteer organization serving the poor in Guaymas, Mexico
Faith-based volunteer organization serving the poor in Guaymas, Mexico

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Irma: Casa Franciscana Social Worker

Hello, I send you warm greetings from Guaymas. My name is Irma Covarrubias and I began my job as a social worker at the Mission in 2007. The joy of it is having direct contact with the people we serve. My functions depend on the needs of those people. What I do includes delivering about 400 food boxes a month to the disabled in five slum areas: Montelolita, Punta Arena, Golondrimos, Termo and Fatima. When I visit these places I always discover more needs of the poor and attempt to help.

The migrants and deported people trying to return home come to us and we offer a shower, clean clothes, food, medicine and a hostel to rest before continuing the journey. We also try to telephone relatives to let them know where their loved one is and that he or she is alive.

I also arrange for children with burns, orthopedic problems and cleft palates to be seen at the Shriner International hospitals in Phoenix, Utah, Los Angeles and Tijuana. This includes obtaining visas. Sometimes, I accompany the children and their mothers on the long trips. I want to thank the kind people in the United States for providing food and housing during the overnight stays. Your support also helps us pay for ultrasounds, x-rays, laboratory tests, cardiologist, gynecologists, and other medical specialties.

On a personal level, this work is very satisfying and I thank God for the blessing to be part of Casa Franciscana. During these nine years of service, I have become aware of the great spiritual and economic needs of our people. I have also learned to control my emotions and always be willing to continue learning how to do my job better.

With affection,
Irma

To learn more about the Casa Franciscana Mission, please visit: http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/history.html

"Working with Irma is like having an army of Good Samaritans. She is tireless in her dedication to the poor."

Donate to the Casa Franciscana Mission:
http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/donate
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In the U.S. if a child came to school without shoes there are social services to help. In Guaymas, the Casa Franciscana Mission is the social service for our barrio children. In some ways, we are like their parents in having to make choices. As Christians, do we continue to feed the growing numbers of the hungry who come to us or do we buy shoes for the children of the slums to send them to school?

As many of you prepare for your children or grandchildren to return to school, I hope that you will understand the dilemma. The children here in Guaymas cannot go to school without shoes. Imagine the heartache of parents who cannot afford to feed their families making the choice between food or shoes!

Please quietly reflect on the situation and consider helping. Twenty dollars ($20) allows us to provide a voucher to a child to purchase shoes that fit properly and to wear them to school. Our goal is to “shoe” 500 children. This is also an opportunity to involve your own children or other family members in works of charity for their less fortunate brothers and sisters.

PLEASE DONATE
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OUR ANNUAL APPEAL needs volunteers (YOU)!!

Involves approximately an hour of your time while you enjoy the lively mariachi music.

January 30th and 31st after all Masses at the Casa
Saturday 5:00 pm;
Sunday - 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm

Volunteers would need to meet in the hospitality area, 20 minutes before Mass is completed.

Instructions (not complicated) and will follow in a separate email.

PLEASE Respond to: casafranciscanaoutreach@gmail.com

Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E Lincoln Drive | Scottsdale | AZ | 85253

We rely on the Annual Appeal for 25% of our annual budget.
Please answer the call to serve your suffering brothers and sisters!!

Mil Gracias
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Guaymas Disaster Relief Request!

http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/donate_online.html

Many of you probably saw the U.S. news reporting the terrible tropical storm that swept through Guaymas October 4th, 2015. It occurred while pilgrims from the Casa Franciscana Outreach where at the Mission to celebrate the transitus of St. Francis and they witnessed the devastation. One of them took the pictures that we are including – a child searching for belongings, a destroyed car demonstrating the force of the water.

Under the water and boulders that came rushing down the hills are mattresses, pots and pans, clothes, blankets and the other meager possessions needed for basic survival by the poor who live in this area. For those of you that have been to Guaymas, you may remember the homes with cardboard roofs or no roofs. They are the people we serve – they are our brothers and sisters. They had little and now they have nothing.

I am asking you to think of your family and what you would do if you lost everything in a few brief moments with no relatives to take you in or social agencies or insurance to provide any relief. That is the situation facing us here in Guaymas.

Our dining rooms continue service but due to the blockage of paths and roads, many – especially the children and elderly – are not able to come down to eat. Our social workers and other staff, at their own risk, are doing their best to gather and deliver food, clothes, medicines and supply shelter, but this unexpected catastrophe is stressing our current resources to the maximum.

Please take this time to count your own blessings and, while I thank you for your generosity in the past, I am imploring you to show your mercy and caring by helping us to help these suffering, storm ravished poor. My prayers and love continue for you who see God in the faces of all His people and do not turn your back on them. Any small gift, multiplied, like the fishes and loaves, is a big gift. Please, also, pray for us to endure this test of our faith.

You who supply seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness (2 Cor 9:10) and God will surely bless you.

Wishing you peace and grace,
Fr. Martin Ibarra, OFM 
Casa Franciscana Mission

‪#‎DisasterRelief‬ ‪#‎franciscan‬ ‪#‎stfrancisofassisi‬ ‪#‎floodrelief‬
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Please join us in extending our prayers of peace, safety and blessings to the Pilgrims journeying to Guaymas today on their way to celebrate the Feast of St Francis with the Casa Franciscana Mission.

‪#‎franciscan‬ ‪#‎pilgrimage‬ ‪#‎stfrancis‬ ‪#‎stfrancisofassisi‬
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GUAYMAS PILGRIMAGE: Oct 1-5, 2015 
Celebrate the Feast of St Francis in with the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas!
Limited to 10 people. SIGN UP NOW!!

http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/pilgrimage 

‪#‎pilgrimage‬ ‪#‎franciscan‬
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GUAYMAS PILGRIMAGE: Oct 1-5, 2015 Limited to 10 people. SIGN UP NOW!!
http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/pilgrimage  #pilgrimage #franciscan 
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2015 CFO Summer Newsletter has been released!!

In this issue:
• A Time To Heal
• Missionaries of God’s Love
• Healing Body & Soul
• What you do for the Poor

http://www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org/pdf/newsletter_10.pdf
#franciscan #GiveBack #pilgrimage
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The 2015 Guaymas Annual Appeal was a wonderful success - THANK YOU to all the donors!! Also - thanks and blessings to Fr. Joe, Fr. Peter, Deacon Herve, Patti Sills-Trausch, Norbert, Fr. Martin, the CFO Board Members, volunteers, dancers, musicians and everyone who made the Annual Appeal possible. Your enthusiasm and concern for helping the poor in Guaymas, and for simply making this world a better place was evident to everyone who passed through the CASA courtyard over the Appeal weekend. Your actions will have a significant impact this year toward achieving the vision of the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas: “Illuminating pathways from the injustice of poverty to God’s abundance”.

Above all, Great thanks to the Holy Spirit!!
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