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Fall 2016: September Statistics

We are experiencing an alarming trend for our emergency homeless shelter and services we provide for those in need and for our community. With only three months to go before we enter a New Year, it is clear we will exceed our 2015 record numbers by the end of October. As the weather gets [...]

Fall 2016: Cedar Rapids Flood 2016

As I start this Monday morning, I pause with thankfulness for answered prayers. We, as a community of “Cedar Rapidians”, have demonstrated once again our ability to come together and make a difference! I hear everyone saying “We rose above…..” and we did…we truly did. It took one single call to action on social [...]

Fall 2016: Getting Tech Savvy

Check out our new website. We’ve added many new and convenient ways for generous donors, like you, to give. Look for the icons at the top right corner of our home page!!! You can donate with your credit card or your debit card and it is processed securely through PayPal. LOOK at our new Facebook [...]

Fall 2016: Operation Overnight

This September begins my 8th year at Catholic Worker House! I am proud of all the progress we have made in the last 7 years! One of the biggest changes we have made is the addition of our website, www.catholicworkerhouse.org . I arrived with minimal computer skills and absolutely NO Web Design skills. I have [...]

Fall 2016: 11th Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless

Our 11th Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless will be at Veterans Memorial Stadium on October 29th-30th, 2016. The Sleep Out festivities begin at 3pm! All of the proceeds raised will be evenly distributed to participating local agencies including the Catholic Worker House! This year we have moved the event from November to October [...]

Fall 2016: Federal Grant for New Flooring

In the fall of 2014, we submitted a request for Federal Grant money. It is an old house and the flooring had never been replaced. We constantly fight bed bug infestations, chipped linoleum, worn and torn carpet. A year later, a city housing and redevelopment specialist administered grant funding through the federal government and [...]

Fall 2016: Back to School

Each school year we are blessed to have wonderful partners who raise funds and go shopping and bring us school supplies and backpacks for every student we have! This year St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Unity Point Health and Metro Catholic Outreach helped us provide 36 backpacks full of school supplies! We had several [...]

Fall 2016: First Benefit Ever

On August 28th, the Board of Directors and Staff of the Catholic Worker House hosted our first fundraiser.  The generous owners of the Quarter Barrel donated 20% of their proceeds from noon – 6pm. This venue provided a great opportunity for family and friends to gather and enjoy delicious gourmet pizzas and sandwiches along [...]

Summer 2016: Day of Caring

The best day ever! 26 kind volunteers from the Transamerica Audit department spent one day at our Worker House. They collectively helped us get spring cleaning and other "honey-do's" done. The Transamerica team painted, spruced up our yard, power washed the exterior of our house, washed every window in every room of the [...]

Summer 2016: A Family of Four

In the middle of April, I meet a woman who looked absolutely distraught. Her name was Andrea and she was desperately fighting for reunification with her three beautiful daughters. During her intake, we identified a plan of action. Andrea needed to find employment, comply with Family Treatment Court requirements, find housing and have visits [...]

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