We refer to ourselves both as the Catholic Worker Community and as the Catholic Worker House. Since opening our house in 1985, we have sought to provide care, comfort, and support to individuals who are homeless, poor, marginalized and in need of food and other basic services. We do our work following the philosophy of the Catholic Worker Movement which emphasizes faith-centered action, personalism, community building, nonviolence, simple living, and a respect for the environment.
Our primary purpose is to offer "hospitality of the heart" (according to Matthew 25) to anyone who is homeless, poor, lost, and/or marginalized for any reason.
As an independent and faith-based community, we do our work with the belief that God will provide for our needs through the community surrounding us - people of different faiths, races, and economic conditions. We do not accept government funding, and we are not under the auspices of any institutional church or diocese. We rely on volunteer labor and the donations of those who believe in what we are doing.