Saint Charles Caritas

Saint Charles Caritas, founded in March 2001 at Saint Charles Catholic Church in Imperial Beach, is run by volunteers committed to help charities who are basically poor located in Tijuana and Chula Vista by providing basic foods, cleaning products and basic necessities monthly.

The word Caritas is a Latin word meaning love, mercy, and charity.

100% of the money donated is used to buy these 3 categories mentioned above. We are all volunteers, and we have ZERO overhead costs, and there is NO administrative layer.

Our goal is to distribute $500 worth of food per month for each charity. All the representatives of these charities come up every 4th Saturday of the month to Costco, Chula Vista, and we purchase the necessary basic foods and some cleaning products.

The charities in Tijuana are run by nuns, and the one in Chula Vista is run by volunteers. The sisters In Tijuana can stretch the food we donate for 22 days out of the month. From time to time we visit them and check their needs, play with the children, and talk with the elderly. There are more than 400 people being cared for by these charities.


Every 3rd Sunday of the Month (**POSTPONED DUE TO COVID**)

Saint Charles Caritas is dedicated to assisting those in need and are still collecting donations. We are currently helping the Nuns who can cross the US/Mexico Border by purchasing food stores at Costco. In addition, we are feeding 450 children in 4 different squatter areas during the weekend.

If interested in helping, please contact Merlyn Baker.

 (619)428-0199 or via email at

Photos from the Latest Project

The Latest Projects


Dear Friends of Saint Charles Caritas,


God, thank you for kindness, graces and blessings!


Please see attached collage:. Pictures, 1 and 2 rows, 6 pictures, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart lead by Sister Magnolia of Jesus of Quezon City, distributed pasta for 33 families out of 1879 families. Because of the strict mandate for ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine), only parents can go out and get the pasta, hours at a time.The sisters run out of pasta. Pictures 7 and 8 , the youth of Puerto Prencisa, Palawan Mindanao island received  set of rosaries. the youth said translated in English " Thank you to the one who gave the rosary and God bless". The youth sent the pictures. Picture 9, Sisters Christina and Miriam of the St. Brigit received food/other items donated by anonymous donors.

August 8, 2021 Sunday was the session for Teach the Children How to Pray in songs: 5 prayers were sang by the children: Our Father, Hail Mary Glory Be to the Father, Salvation Song in Tagalog and Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosaryo. 33 children attended the session and 6 volunteers. They started at 10am The two teachers who conducted this session: Teacher Regina Tesorero did the opening prayer together with teacher Analiza Yauna. The prayers were thanking the blessings, Saint Charles Caritas, volunteers, healing of the sick, forgiveness of sins, and the 2 children, Ezekiel and Florimae recited their prayers to stop the pandemic and protect their families, and the people in the world. The Cavite is still in pandemic quarantine.  Q & A about the rosary and gave out 10 chocolate snack bars. The childrens assignment to Pray the Rosary at their homes and bring new friends. Childrens food: Chicken noodle soup and bread. The bread donated by teacher Norly Gane. Volunteers food: creamy rigatoni with cheese, leche flan and bread. This report for me was done by teacher Regina via whatsapp. When I saw these videos children singing with actions, I been having goose bumps and I'd been singing too and it moves my soul as if I was there.

Thank you for Fr. Burt Boudoin for the donation through him to Saint Charles Caritas.

Please see below 2 collages: 1st collage the children session, collage 2 the food preparation.

July 21, 2021, Saturday was the Feed the Children # 4 by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Quezon City and Pasig. Spaghetti was cooked and bag for 50 children by the Sisters run by Mother Superior Sr. Magnolia Billona. Thank you Sisters. Please see collage below.

July 22, 2021, Sunday 10am Rosary Session Reported by teacher Regina Tesorero with teacher Analiza Yauna. 40 children attended, 9 were new attendees  (volunteers fetched the children from their homes) and 6 volunteers. "Teacher Analiza did the opening prayer. Then distributed the rosaries to children as we sang the 5 songs with actions: Salvation song Tagalog version, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, and Awit sa Ina nang Santo Rosaryo. * A new song was introduced called Hail Mary Gentle Women also with actions. * We did a recap on how to do the correct sign of the cross and think about Jesus Christ, Blessed Mother Mary, Angels and Apostles when praying. We gave all the children chocolates. * The children presented their assignments. They were Sabrina, Kijames, Florimae, Thea, Rejoice.* Assignments: bring new friends, pray the rosary at home, in clean paper to write their parents prayers and wishes for their families. * The food was with blessings prayer by Tyron. * The children and volunteers food was Egg Noodle Soup."

In the videos, the children's request of prayers were to end the covid-19, to help in their hardships, forgiveness of their sins, asking God to help their families and many more. I hope and pray that there will be priests and nuns in the future among these children.

Please see 2 collages: 1st collage the Children, 2nd collage, food preparation. Darren and Tyron helping for the food preparation.

August 29, 2021, Sunday was the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary. 42 children attended and 5 volunteers. Teacher Regina's recap report with teacher Analiza took the videos and pictures. " * It started at 10am with the opening prayer from teacher Regina. * Distributed the rosaries and prayed 5 songs: Salvation song in Tagalog version, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father and Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosaryo and a new song Hail Mary Gentle Woman. These are also in several videos in action. * A recap of how to do the correct sign of the cross and to think while praying Jesus Christ, Blessed Mother Mary, the Angels and Apostles. The Apostles Creed was prayed and the prayers in the leaflets. * We gave chocolates. Also, fetched the children's from their homes. * Assignments: Bring new friends,  pray the rosary at home, in a clean paper, children need to write their parents prayer and wishes for their families, practice the sign of the cross. * The food blessing was recited by Tyron. * Childrens' and volunteers food was Spaghetti."

Please see 2 collages: 1st collage, the Children. 2nd collage, the food preparation with Butsoy, Sofia, Darren and Tyron helping.

Please pray for the healing of cancers for Susan Guenzel, Norma Seibert, Bob Novak, Paul Bell, Alexis Cantilan and Katrina Cruz Craiken. Thank you for your prayers.


Please note, the donors will receive their summary of donations receipt on the last week of December this year.


The Sisters from TJ that we are helping regularly before pandemic still cannot cross the border. Only St. Brigit Sisters can.


Caritas schedule for September:


  • Every Sunday, the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary is going on strong. This is located at the Samada Half Court in Phase 5 Paliparan, Cavite
  • Once a month, the St. Brigit Sisters will continue to receive food through Costco buy of food. They have 27 Sisters and they have a formation for the Sisters
  • The Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will have the Feed the Children depending on the Sisters schedule. The pasta and other food ingredients were shipped but it will take 2 months before they get  them. The Sisters will distribute cooked food to the children in the squatter areas of Pasig and Laguna
  • The Benedictine Sisters continued to received boxes of pasta and other food for Home Bound Elderly in Paliparan. Shipments of boxes were also done

Addendum: If you are planning to go to Italy, try to go to Assisi. 2 hours train ride from Rome. You can stay at St. Anthony's Guest House run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement. This b & b is very clean and with private bathroom. This place is an old convent house. What ever profit they will have goes to their international missions. They are located at the center of Assisi walking distance from Basilica of St. Clair, Catherdral of San Rufino, 20 minutes walk to Basilica of St. Francis and many more centuries old churches. Assisi is gorgeous, serene and amazing place to be. You can contact Sr. Sue directly. The rate is cheaper per night if you contact directly at or Google the place and find more information.

Thank you to all who donated for this cause and God bless you a hundred fold more.

Please see a collage attached. Picture 1, Sr. Christina from St. Brigit received food for their congregation. Pictures 2 & 3 grandma and JM (2 year old)  selling fish to make a living in Paliparan. Picture 4, JM's mom selling ordered snacks for her family's livelihood. and Picture 5, shipments of pasta, ingredients for Teach the Children How to Pray including canned foods for the 7 volunteers who also live in the squatter area.

Thank you for all your generosity and God bless us all!

We are helping the following organizations:

In Mexico:

  • La Casa de Cuna in Tijuana: shelters about 70 babies and children up to 6 years old

  • Beato Juan Pablo II in Tijuana: shelters about 20 seniors age 80 and older

  • Santa Brigida Convent in Tijuana: home to about 30 contemplative nuns

  • Centro de Salud Esperanza in Tijuana: religious sisters serve as nurses for elderly hospital patients

  • Casa Hogar Santa Teresita in Ensenada: shelters about 60 girls ages 6 to 12

In U.S.

  • Jim's Project Homeless Help: Bags of food and toiletries are distributed to the homeless in the South Bay

  • Pastoral Charity Fund of St. Charles Church: providing financial assistance to the poor people in critical needs around the church community.

In Philippines:

  • Franciscan Sister of the Atonement, project " Feed the Children" bathing/clothing/feeding the street children

  • Hospitaller Sisters of the Scared Heart of Jesus  project "Rosary Evangelization" the sisters will go to hospitals, poor parishes, islands to distribute the set of Rosaries and Guide of How to Pray the Rosary.

Announcements and Updates


For more information please contact:

Merlyn Baker

Tel: 619-428-0199