Our Visit to the Oblates’ La Morita Senior Center in Tijuana

_mg_7896While at the Oblates mission, our group had the privilege of visiting their Senior Center. It is one of the most important services the Oblates provide.  For seniors a connection with family is very important here. Without it many elderly people can live in abject poverty._mg_7937

Our group met with many people that live in the area and utilize the senior center on a regular basis.  Some people shared with us that their homes have serious leaks or even no roof at all!  So when the rains come, home life can be difficult.

_mg_7904Seniors in these situations have minimal income or resources.  One lady, in her 90’s, shared her story with us. She still works to make ends meet!senior-2

The government can provide elderly citizens financial assistance of up to about $30 per week.  However that is barely enough to scrape by on a day-to-day basis._mg_7926

The Senior Center provides elderly people with spiritual & emotional support, fellowship and meals in a caring environment for people that might otherwise be overlooked by society.

Author: John Wagner

I work for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois in the USA. The Oblates are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded after the French Revolution by St. Eugene De Mazenod to work among the poor. Today there are nearly 4,000 missionaries working in more than 60 countries around the world.