Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m., we will celebrate our annual memorial Mass honoring Father Mark Schmieder, our beloved co-founder, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 2009. The Mass will be held at St. Francis Seraph Church (1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati 45202) at Liberty & Vine in Over-the-Rhine. All are welcome to attend.
Immediately following the memorial Mass, we will hold our annual Christmas party at SFSJCWH located at 1437 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend. We will have food, live music and fun! We hope to see you there!
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Here’s a great way you can contribute to St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House (SFSJCWH) while you’re shopping. The Kroger Company has a program that will donate to the House based on your purchases at Kroger stores. All you need to do is register your Kroger Plus Card on-line and link it to SFSJCWH through the Community Rewards link on their web site. This WILL NOT affect your other rewards earned with the Kroger Plus Card.
Simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com, create an account if you have not already done so, link your card with the card number or alternate ID, and enroll the card with the Community Rewards and our agency by name (St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House) or by number (39873).
And that’s it! Kroger will contribute a small amount of what you spend to our mission, and those pennies can add up to real help. So sign up now and sign up a friend or two. Every little bit counts!
Rev. Stanley H. Neiheisel passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016; he was a good friend to the St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House.
His Mass of Christian Burial was February 3.
He will be dearly missed.
Read Fr. Neiheisel’s obituary »
Cincinnati homeless are dying on our streets. By Sharon Coolidge and Carrie Cochran. Read the article on Cincinnati.com »
A memorial Mass for founder and friend, Father Mark Schmieder, is celebrated every year in December, followed by our annual Christmas party at the House located at 1437 Walnut Street. After purchasing the St. Francis Catholic Worker House from Jim Mullen (whom we regard as Father Mark’s co-founder) he merged it with his own St. Joseph House of Hospitality in 1991, forming the St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House. Under his leadership the property was rehabilitated and staff was assembled. Today the House continues to help thousands of men achieve financial stability and move on to permanent housing. Fr. Mark passed away on December 24, 2009 from pancreatic cancer.
St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House is a safe and dignified environment where homeless men can work on securing immediate needs of housing, employment, drug/alcohol rehabilitation and case management. We’ve been an emergency shelter since 1985, so our primary goal is to assist guests in finding permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Our existence is totally dependent on private donations; we receive no governmental funding. Less than 6% of our annual budget goes to administrative expenses. Building a family of personal and community relationships with those who believe in our mission is critical to our success and our survival.
Pillows, towels, wash cloths, salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, pickles and paper towels.
Donations of any of these items are always appreciated.
St. Francis—St. Joseph House operates successfully on a small budget. Our needs are few and simple. But, we do request your financial help to continue the good work.
Please consider sending a tax-deductible gift to support the good work at the worker house. Donate online, or mail a check payable to St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House to our address below. Thank You!
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” Dorothy Day
Fox-19 TV broadcast a news segment highlighting the role that St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House fills in ministering to the homeless of Cincinnati.
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Open AA Meetings are held at the House every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. All interested are invited.
A great no-cost way to contribute to SFSJCWH while you shop: Kroger will contribute a small amount of what you spend to our mission, and those pennies can add up to real help. Sign up now (and encourage friends to register). Every little bit counts!