The Denver Catholic Worker is an informal intentional community that provides hospitality to folks experiencing homelessness in the Denver area. For 38 years our hospitality house was a home where we lived in community with our guests, striving to carry on the Catholic Worker mission, as Peter Maurin put it, to “create a world where it is easier for people to be good.” Our house was located in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Denver from July, 1978 until January, 2016, when a fire burnt out its interior and displaced our community physically.
In July of 2018, we purchased a smaller house six blocks away, which we have renovated and opened in June of 2019. Two folks who were living in the old house are the core of the new one, and there are two bedrooms for families. We have decided to focus on serving refugees and immigrants. One two-person family has been living with us since the opening, but the house was limited by zoning to four persons total until February 8, 2021, when the city approved a new definition of “household.” Now we can house five unrelated adults, plus their relatives, and are delighted to have welcomed a new family of three.
Two long-time members of the CW community live next door to the house and participate in its decision-making and prayer life, including weekday noon prayer. The corona virus pandemic drove us to move our regular Thursday night prayer at 7:00 p.m. to Zoom, but since the spring of 2021 we’ve resumed prayer in our living room on the first and third Thursdays, keeping Zoom on the others to accommodate community members living at a distance.
If you wish to make a donation, the PayPal link above will let you donate through Emmaus Housing, which is tax exempt, and your gift will be automatically earmarked for the Denver Catholic Worker House.
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 houses of hospitality, soup kitchens, farms and community spaces, go to http://www.catholicworker.org. There you can read about the movement’s values, ideals, history of activism and current work, along with archives of newsletter articles.
Looking for the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen? They function separately from the house. To contact them please go to http://www.denvercatholicworkersoupkitchen.com.