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, located on the east side of town near the Sycamore Mall, is a private home currently offering up our extra bedrooms for those in need of short-term transitional housing. We also serve weekend potluck meals, and provide a gathering place for Worship and Bible study, 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.

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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

Join us for Mass — the first Friday of each month
at 6pm at the Iowa City Catholic Worker House of Hospitality,
with a potluck afterwards at 7pm

Father Lou Leonhardt March 1 · Father Ed Fitzpatrick April 5 · Monsignor Francis Hendrickson May 3

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About 45 people gathered at the Catholic Worker House for a Blue Christmas Service and potluck dinner on Saturday, December 21st.  Thanks to St. Thomas More's Stephen Ministry and Father Wally!

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A VICTORY FOR ART AND PEOPLE! Thanks to all your prayers and action, we saved 17 painted benches and guaranteed 14 new purchases will NOT have a middle bar running through the middle of them. We also raised $10,000 in new money for a local homeless shelter.

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The Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa served homemade chili to a capacity crowd at the Catholic Worker House on Saturday, September 27. Are you interested in serving a meal to the poor with your friends, family, church group, or other organization? Drop us a line at iowacitycatholicworker@gmail.com and we'll plug you into our community network.


We offer a Free Foot Care Clinic the third Saturday of every month. Join us February 16th and soak your feet, get a pedicure, your nails and callus' trimmed, and receive other foot treatments from friends who care.

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Practicing Restorative Circles
First Saturday of each month · 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.

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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