About Us

the works of Mercy

Our (current) Contact:

1023 26th Street, Denver, CO  80205

303-296-6390

denvercatholicworker@gmail.com

For 38+ years, The Denver Catholic Worker House was a home, a community and a center for many people struggling through homelessness and poverty, or people who were striving to respond to the needs of others in a humane and dignified way. In January of 2016, a fire burned our historic home in 5 Points, Denver, and we have been displaced since then, striving to still carry out our mission – as Peter Maurin put it – to create a world where it is easier for people to be good – without a physical center for our work. We are in the process of rebuilding and hope to have another central hospitality house soon. If you would like to help with this effort please reach out to us.

Worker update:

In the time since the fire on January 28th much has happened in our community. Ever present is the gratitude for the outpouring of support from the broader Denver community! So a deep heartfelt thanks again to those of you who have given and a special thanks to those who continue to give monthly!

The dust has settled, hope sprang up in spring, and we have begun the work of reestablishing the hospitality house. As most of you know the housing market in our city has changed and become quite exclusive in the last few years. This has lead us to understand more and more that we cannot do this on our own. Which has sent us out on exploratory conversations with many like-minded community organizations in Denver. All have been fruitful in unique ways. And we continue these conversations and dreaming together as I write this update.

We have continued the work(s) of the Worker as well. Hospitality is being offered to past guests by two community houses started by live in workers. Many houses also support the communal life of the worker as we are without a central location. Kaylanne and Cole continue to host Thursday prayer at 7:30pm at 3024 Elizabeth St Denver, 80205. Sarah and Peter host birthdays and other causes for celebration at their house. Marcus and Kristen have invited us to creatively think about the new tiny house location in Elizabeth!

AND the community continues to receive food donations from Denver Food Rescue. We still sort and distribute this food to folks in the greater Denver community who need it.

In closing we are enjoying the ups and downs of this new communion of houses and the work being done. We look forward to the time when we will again have a central house offering hospitality and more! Thanks again for your generosity and we will continue to post updates as to the establishment of a new house!

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More About Us:

The Denver Catholic Worker was located in the Historic Five Points Neighborhood in Denver from 1978 until January 2016 when a fire (we don’t know how it started) burnt out the interior of the house and displaced our community physically. We are an informal intentional community that practices hospitality to unsheltered people locally. We are part of a much larger movement called The Catholic Worker Movement, which was founded in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in New York City. There are over 200 Catholic Worker Communities across the globe. To find out more about the movement, or to see a directory of Catholic Worker Farms, Houses of Hospitality, Soup Kitchens, and Community Spaces go to http://www.catholicworker.org . There you can read about our movement’s values, ideals, history of activism and current work, along with archives of our newsletter articles.

About Our Old House: We had 1 room for  couples in committed relationships, 1 room for families (3 or larger) and 2 rooms for single women – which we lended out to people who don’t have housing of their own. Our practice has been to live with our guests in community, and we still continue to practice hospitality (arguably on a smaller scale).

Looking for the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen? – They function separately from the house. To contact them please go here: http://denvercatholicworkersoupkitchen.com/

 

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