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the works of Mercy

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 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. This house is focused on serving refugees and immigrants. One two-person family has been living with us since the opening, and a three-person family moved in in September of 2021. Both families are waiting for hearings on their cases for asylum.

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 drove us to move our regular 7:00 p.m. Thursday night prayer to Zoom, but since the spring of 2021 we’ve resumed prayer in our living room on the first and third Thursdays, keeping Zoom for the others to accommodate community members living at a distance.

We are now visioning around opening a second house to serve the same population of folks experiencing homelessness in Denver which our original house served. If you are interested in being a live-in worker in this house, please contact us at denvercatholicworker@gmail.com.

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 communities, houses of hospitality, soup kitchens and farms, go to http://www.catholicworker.org.

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

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