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The Agapé Center for Service and Learning

Catholic Worker House


Coordinator: Katie Todd

Email: SustainableAgriculture@messiah.edu



Mission Statement: The Catholic Worker House is committed to non-violence, voluntary poverty and the Works of Mercy as a way of life.¬† It is a “house of hospitality” and a place where the homeless, the hungry and the forsaken will always be welcome.

 

Brief Description of Organization: The Harrisburg Catholic Worker House began in November of 1996, when two men of faith and compassion recognized the need for housing and hospitality for homeless men coming out of prison with drug and alcohol addictions.  Ministering to both men and women on the street, but with only male residents, the Worker House helps these children of God recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol abuse or readjust after being released from prison, in order to regain self-respect. The Catholic Worker House operates in conjunction with St. Francis Catholic Church and strives to be a positive presence in the community through helping with local civic beautification and extending charity to its neighbors.

 

Demographics of Population Being Served: The Catholic Worker House aids underprivileged and homeless people within the local community of Harrisburg.

 

Expectations for Student Volunteers: At the Catholic Worker House, the way volunteers will serve each week will change as much as the needs of the community. Some tasks that students may complete include sorting and distributing donated clothing and furniture, distributing free fresh produce, and helping with the upkeep of the house’s urban gardens. It would also be expected for student volunteers to demonstrate commitment to the program by volunteering on a fairly consistent basis.