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. CatholicWorkerHouse

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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

ICCW April 2020

Our current live-in community of refugees are working hard for themselves and their families, and they are serving poor and homeless people as Catholic Workers right alongside folks just like you and me. We’re grateful to God and all of you for the many joys and blessings.

We are indefinitely postponing our scheduled May 3 benefit concert and fundraiser with HomeBrewed and St. Patrick Church. Call it the Coronavirus crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.

We typically raise between $8-12k each year at our favorite annual event, and in the past we’ve used the cashflow to fund critical home restoration and improvement projects like replacing the boiler and windows, redoing the kitchen, renovating the 2nd floor bathroom and back stairs, and a whole lot more. In lieu of this indefinite postponement and our increased expenses plus proven ability to meet this crisis moment in a big, big way – we ask you to prayerfully consider committing 10% or more of your economic stimulus check to the Iowa City Catholic Worker House …
Here’s How To Donate

The first Saturday soon, TBA , 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.
Join us for Mass and Potluck the first Friday of a month soon
We’ve also started a second monthly Mass in Spanish – TBA

The Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa is one volunteer group that often cooks and serves meals at the Catholic Worker House. 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, from 4-7pm. Join us Saturday, March 21 and soak your feet, get a pedicure, your nails and callus’ trimmed, and receive other foot treatments from friends who care.

foot clinic

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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