Catholic Worker Philosophy:
Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin organized the Catholic Worker movement
in the 1930s.They applied the social teachings of the Catholic Church to the social problems of their day. Peter and Dorothy chose to live simply among the poor and to offer them hospitality. They saw the need to live nonviolently in a war- torn age. Following their example, we are committed to living and working among the poor and to building a prayerful community that lives a simple and nonviolent lifestyle.
Su Casa’s Hospitality Program provides a place of hospitality and healing for Hispanic families. Basing our model on the Works of Mercy, our goal is that families will move toward independence during their time at Su Casa. Families work with our Case Manager to address the causes of their homelessness. The Su Casa staff is committed to providing a healing environment that is abounding in love and free of violence. We cook and share a meal together at least five nights a week. We have a birthday party at the end of every month, and many other celebrations. Volunteers provide our families with counseling services, ESL training, and health and parenting classes. We also take our families to the zoo, museums, sporting events, trips, ice-skating, and more.
Open since 1993, our soup kitchen, know by the community as Frieda’s Place, serves between 80 and 120 people every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Hot meals are prepared by local parishes and guests also receive clothing and additional food to take with them.
Su Casa Workers often attend events to work for peace and justice, and we periodically sponsor events to educate the community on various topics surrounding issues of immigration and human rights. Locally, Su Casa workers seek to become active in partnering with people and agencies to make our neighborhood a better place to live.