Su Casa Prepares for the Future and Needs Your Help

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In 1990, when the founders of Su Casa Catholic Worker dreamed of offering sanctuary for refugees and victims of torture, they received a priceless gift– a 26,000 square-foot, 22-bedroom Franciscan friary built in 1898. For more than 25 years, Su Casa has provided shelter to immigrants because of this sacred space. Today we ask for your help in making our home a safer place for families to live.

In a historical moment when endemic racism and hatred have been exposed, we have found even greater strength and purpose. Our organization is strong as we continue our service. We believe in the transformative power of community and are committed to sustaining the legacy of Su Casa into future years.

Today we face a practical challenge that we are ready to meet, with your help. Over the last ten years we have made significant improvements to our historic building, but like most other structures built before the 1970s, our home is contaminated with lead paint, inside and out.

Our doors remain open, but our work of sheltering the homeless now has limitations. Every week we receive calls from women desperate to leave situations laced with risk – homelessness, abuse, debt, the underperforming shelter system. We are obligated, however, to respond to the outpouring of pain and hurt with two short questions: “How many children do you have, and how old are they?” Lead poses too great a health risk for us to accept expectant mothers and young children. Right now, we must turn these families away.

Our professional lead abatement costs have been estimated at $60,000. We now reach out to you, our extended community. Can you help us? And can you pass on this request to others who may have financial resources to share? While we rely on your monetary donations for this work to proceed, your prayers are also much-needed, that we may find strength and peace throughout this critical time.

Whatever you can give, or do, it is a blessing.

Maria, Edison, Erin, Manu, Michelle, Mike, Sean, Thomas, Lori, Chantal, Felicite, Frieda, Gayle, Jesse, Lydia, Rosalie, and Sonia

We are raising money for this effort through and we always accept donations via PayPal. You can do this via the Su Casa website or directly through Paypal using our email address. Please add “LEAD ABATEMENT” in the comment section. You can also mail your check made out to Central American Martyrs Center to Su Casa Catholic Worker, 5045 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60609, with “LEAD” on the subject line. All donations are tax-exempt to the full extent of the law.