Casa Franciscana Mission Overview
The Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico dates back to 1968 when the Mexican Obregon Diocese asked the Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara, CA, USA to provide pastoral care to the English-speaking resort community in San Carlos. The friars agreed to minister pastoral care to San Carlos under the condition that they could also serve the poor of Guaymas – the hungry, the homeless, the widowed, the sick, the abandoned, the hardworking poorly paid migrant farmers, and more.
The current programs address the many needs of the poor of Guaymas through its free medical/dental clinic, Mesón de Jesus (dining room for poor adults), Mesón de Niῆos (dining room for children), food packages for the home-bound, migrant shelter support, vocational training programs that include a women’s arts, crafts and jewelry making co-op. In collaboration with Shriners Hospitals, children with orthopedic, cardiac, and burn issues are transported to clinics in Phoenix.
The Casa Franciscana Mission has a history of forming important programs that become standalone community institutions. Examples include the Asilo (a home for the elderly); Hogar de Paz (an orphanage); Jerry’s Club (a safe after-school recreational and life-skills program for children 12 years of age and under); Belles Artes (a music academy for youth). They are all self-sustaining with the assistance of Mexican governance boards and the Guaymas community.
Summary of service provided in 2020:
◊ Served 63,342 meals to adult poor
◊ Delivered 6,720 food boxes to the disabled and elderly
◊ Provided 801 meals and take-home food for after school children pre-COVID
◊ Delivered 2,939 medical and dental services
◊ Distributed over 1,032 pairs of children’s shoes
◊ Sheltered 40 individuals
◊ Saved the lives of 403 migrants
◊ Supported the women’s jewelry-making co-op, a workforce development program and more
◊ Opened a Youth Center for educational support and after school activities.
All this is done through Casa Franciscana Outreach (CFO) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This organization is run solely by volunteers. All donations go directly to the work of the Mission.
The COVID pandemic brought much pain and many challenges – dining rooms closed and food distributed in long waiting lines of children, homeless, elderly, disabled. Care to the sick was brought to their shacks with our own staff risking their lives. As the need grew, our ability to raise funds diminished since our appeals were canceled. We are reaching out to the good people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to help to provide comfort to your suffering brothers and sisters in Guaymas, MX.
For more information about Casa Franciscana Outreach, please visit their website at www.casafranciscanaoutreach.org.
To support the CASA FRANCISCANA OUTREACH, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 2404 in the memo box. God bless!