The Iowa City Catholic Worker Advisory Board gathers at the shelter house at 1414 Sycamore Street on the east side of Iowa City.
The Iowa City Catholic Worker Advisory Board gathers at the shelter house at 1414 Sycamore Street on the east side of Iowa City.

The Iowa City Catholic Worker House on the east side of town, near the Sycamore Mall, currently offers a half dozen beds for those in need of short-term transitional housing, serves weekend meals, and provides a gathering place for Worship and Bible study, potlucks, playing chess and Pinochle, or just talking with interesting folks. Volunteers work together on cooking, cleanup, repairs, and gardening,  with a broad base of community support and donations keeping the endeavor and its vision alive and vibrant.

For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat — Isaiah 25:4
Looking for a new prayer and worship experience?
Join us every third Saturday of the month at 7 pm for a Taizé  prayer service. Taizé  service is a meditative, ecumenical Christian experience of prayer that includes song, silence, and contemplation.

Our next foot care clinic will be Saturday, June 16th.  Come and soak your feet, get a pedicure, your nails and callus' trimmed, and received other foot treatments from doctors and nurses.

foot clinic

Practicing Restorative Circles
Saturday, June 2nd · 10am to 1pm
Iowa City Catholic Worker House of Hospitality
1414 Sycamore Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Practice facilitating Restorative Circles, where individuals come together to play a role bringing healing and understanding to both victim and perpetrator.

Restorative Justice is a method of conflict resolution that brings perpetrators, victims, and their communities into dialogue in order to make all sides whole again. It is a method to solve conflict between individuals, families, communities, organizations, ethnic groups, or even warring nation-states.

Oaxaca Disaster Relief Report Back
Friday, June 1, 6-8pm
Mass at 6pm
Presentation and potluck at 7pm

Last year an earthquake devastated the Mexican state of Oaxaca, the birthplace of one of our extended community members, Araceli Benitez Moya. The Iowa City Catholic Worker House sprung into action and raised thousands of dollars in disaster relief and aid to help Araceli and her family rebuild their ancestral village. Join us on Friday, June 1, from 6-8pm for a very special Mass and report back presentation of our efforts!

Dimas shown reunited with his family
after being released from ICE custody on bond.

We are currently helping an undocumented worker named Dimas fight deportation. His case is symbolic of all that is unjust about immigration policy in this country. For more information go here:

We are now filling our Free Little Pantry twice a day and handing out over 100 pounds of food every week. Our current need besides meal sign-ups is pantry items! Please contribute by donating non-perishable pantry items, such as: canned food, soups, pastas, and fruit; granola bars, fig newtons, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, juice boxes, bottled water, etc.  Drop them off at 1414 Sycamore Street. If no one is home, please leave by back door. 


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