BASICS Tijuana Ministry Immersion Trip
Information Meeting
May 4, 2020 7:00 PM Simon Room

Travel Dates: July 16 – 23

Come to the information meeting and learn more about lodging, security, volunteer opportunities, travel arrangements, and how you can help even if you can’t travel to Tijuana. Since 2005, the Tijuana Ministry has been providing an immersion experience to build homes for families in dire need and minister to women, children and teens in Tijuana’s La Morita area. In 2022 BASICS (Brothers and Sisters in Community Service) will again be offering a one week immersion trip to do house construction only.

Out of an abundance of caution we will be limiting the 2022 trip to house construction only –  we hope to offer the women, children and teens programs again in the summer of 2023. Come and learn how this trip changes lives and communities, including ours!

For questions contact Joan Mibach here or visit the website here.

This year we are limiting the trip to 40 travelers. Join us! YOU CAN APPLY NOW HERE.

Tijuana Ministry

As expressed in our parish Pastoral Plan, parishioners of St. Simon shall commit to social justice and we will root our faith in concrete action. Since 2005 the Tijuana Ministry has been providing an immersion experience to build homes for families in dire need and minister to women, children and teens in Tijuana’s La Morita area. In 2020 BASICS (Brothers and Sisters in Community Service) will be offering two one week immersion trips.



This year, the Tijuana construction projects include 5 houses for families in desperate need.   These families are selected by the parish of St. Eugenio in Tijuana. House is 16″ x 32″ and will include 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a living area.

Mother’s Program

The mother’s program is aimed at building relationships and community. Many of the families in this Tijuana parish are from diverse places, and may not know each other well. The mother’s program was developed to help build a sense of community among the mothers. In addition to craft projects, the mother’s program also provided some lessons on hygiene, nutrition, finance, relationships and catechism.

Children’s Programs

The children’s program in centered on providing children in the area with safe, fun activities, as well as some educational content and catechism. We also provided the children with a snack each day, and some donated toys at the end of the week. Over 200 children attended last year’s week long camp.

Teen’s Programs

This programs is provided for local teens who spend much of their day tending to their younger siblings as their parents work. We provide activities and teach craft ideas that the families can sell at the local outdoor markets.

Social Justice

As part of the Social Justice ministry, our mission group will attempt to learn about local conditions and interact and gain understanding of the local residents. As part of this, we visited various sites like the memorial at the US/Mexican Border, and Casa del Migrante, a homeless shelter for migrants and recently deported men. We also attended mass with the community and hosted discussions with local families.

For More Information

For more information, please contact members of our Outreach and Social Justice Council at, or visit the Tijuana Ministry


Join us for a trip that changes lives and communities…including ours!

In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.  God was present from the beginning.  Through God all things come into being and apart from God nothing came into being.

From the Gospel of John, 1: 1-2