Juana grew up in Rinconcito, the dump. At seven months old she contracted polio and she struggled to learn to walk with a walker and crutches given to her by Fray Marty Gates. A big event to improve her life was brought about by our beloved Fray Ivo (now 87 years old!) who started the medical mission bringing chil-dren to Shriners’ International for care.
Through the program she spent a month in Utah for surgeries and therapies and attended a school at the hospital for children from all over the world receiving treatment. Juana returned to Guaymas with braces and crutches that actually fit her! One of her memories is being able to walk faster with less pain. Juana made the trip to Phoenix twice a year with Fray Ivo until she was 18 and talks of the hospitality of the wonderful families from the Franciscan Renewal Center who housed her and her mother during these times
YOUR GENEROSITY SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY IN THIS PLACE CALLED GUAYMAS!
God has also blessed the Casa Franciscana Mission with angels disguised as our social workers. They go into the dire living places of the poorest of the poor and the sick and the disabled bringing food, comfort and, when possible, medicines and other needed services. In 2014 these tireless dedicated angels walked the dump carrying 2,500 food boxes.
YOU are His instruments and our angels. Like the boy who gave Christ his fishes and loaves to be multiplied YOUR gift, whether large or small, allows the multitude to be fed: you who supplies 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 Jesus will surely bless you.
THE CASA FRANCISCANA OUTREACH
The CFO is a Non-Profit Corporation, founded in the early 1980's. It is ministry under the direction of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, Oakland, CA. An all volunteer organization, the Outreach is rooted in the principles, traditions and philosophies of the Franciscan Order.
Its sole purpose is to provide financial support for the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas. As an entity of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, the Outreach is the U.S. link to the Guaymas Mission. Through the Outreach, benefactors are able to provide financial support for the Guaymas Mission, and in-turn receive a tax deduction for their generosity.