Immigrants and refugees are welcome here. We are a safe house and sanctuary where the poor come first.

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Jul 12, 2022, 1:12 PM
Less than $2.7 million out of the $3.25 million allocated for direct assistance was actually awarded to negatively impacted residents
Jan 27, 2022, 12:03 PM
County records show

How much good can $10 do?

Your contribution of $10 is enough to buy a week's worth of rice, beans, and tortillas for a refugee family of five. For $100, we can serve a country-style potluck dinner to thirty homeless people.

Hospitality and Services

1414 Sycamore St
iOWA cITY, ia 52240

Our Sycamore St house of hospitality is open four days a week for food, showers, laundry, toiletries, coffee, and conversation.

More than 50 refugees currently live in our network of hospitality houses while they work to rebuild their lives in Iowa.

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 8:00am-10:00am

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 8:00am-10:00am

Friday: closed

Saturday: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm


Monthly Mass: third Friday of the month at 6pm, 113 S Johnson St

Who We Are

The Iowa City Catholic Worker is an immigrant and refugee-led community dedicated to daily prayer and the Works of Mercy, as found in Matthew 25:31-46. We strive to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ, the lives of the saints, and the Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker Movement, as founded on May 1, 1933 by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day.

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What We Do

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our house of hospitality into a "Grab and Go" outdoor eatery, allowing for one person to enter at a time to use the bathroom or take a shower. We continue to fill our Free Little Pantry 24/7/365. We also offer weekly food runs, monthly rent assistance, protective accompaniment, and deportation defense to undocumented workers and immigrant families to help them stay in their own homes.

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