Serving a Unique Purpose

The Catholic Worker House (CWH) is much more than a house. It is a Christian community dedicated to helping the poor.

As a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, we are able to carry out the Corporate Works of Mercy through the generosity of many individuals, churches, corporations, school groups, and other organizations. Because of this support, we are able to provide our guests the following services regardless of religion, ethnicity, age or reason for homelessness.


We provide temporary emergency shelter to women and married couples, with or without children. Our residents can stay here between 30 and 90 days. While they are here, each night we provide a hot meal and a warm bed to sleep in. Basic hygiene needs and supplies are also supplied as available while they are here.

If you are in need of shelter, please call Shelter Services at 319-366-7999. Please call during the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. if possible.


At the Catholic Worker House: Breakfast and dinner are provided daily at our facility. If you’re interested in donating a meal to our residents, please sign up online or call Larissa at 319-362-9041.

Please Note: As of January 1, 2016, we no longer have free sweets and bread to give away. We also do not have a public food pantry at our facility.

As of January 1, 2018 we no longer offer food basket delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Moving On

As our residents obtain more permanent housing, we try to supply them with supplies and community resources to make that transition as smooth as possible. Please review our current needs or add us as a friend on Facebook – St. John of the Cross Catholic Worker House – to get regular updates!

Extended Housing-CWHx

We have been working very hard to perform a complete redo on the neighboring house that we are converting into extended housing. Our program will be called CWHx and will be an extension to our current shelter program for single mothers only. This program will be 6 months long and they will be in their own living quarters with a shared kitchen and bath. While they will be paying rent they will also be having half of that saved back for them. We will concentrate on conquering their barriers and reducing their debt. The board is very appreciative of the outpouring show of community support during this past year! Thank you and stay tuned for more details! We are working very hard to be open by the end of November!