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Brennan Hill portrait

Brennan Hill

Thank you, Brennan, for your many years of service to our house! You will be dearly missed.
B. Hill obitutuary »
Beautiful video tribute to Brennan »

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COVID-19 Update & Appeal

To Supporters and Volunteers,

Firstly, I am pleased to report that we are continuing with the mission entrusted to us. At the time of this writing, we are at full capacity (except for a couple of beds set aside for potential quarantine), and so far, none of our guests are sick. Our sandwich window is operating at our usual hours of 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We have made some adjustments internally, but beyond that, it’s business as usual.

However, several our regular contributions (mostly sandwiches) have ceased. This is, of course, perfectly understandable and we would encourage anyone who is a high risk for complications due to exposure to COVID-19 to stay at home. But for those of you who are looking to get more involved, we would be grateful for your efforts.

Our greatest need at the moment is lunch meat sandwiches. We typically serve between 100 – 140 sandwiches at each sandwich window. Prepared sandwiches or individual supplies (bologna, sliced cheese or bread) would be greatly appreciated. If this is something you could do, contact me to schedule, so as not to duplicate volunteer efforts. We would at this time also accept monetary contributions to help us cover the costs of providing them on our own.

Lastly, we would be grateful for your prayers. This is a difficult time for all of us and it is important that we turn to God for assistance. So, pray for our guests, staff, volunteers and supporters that we may continue this good work throughout the pandemic.

— John Clark, House Manager

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Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 5 p.m., we celebrated our annual memorial Mass honoring Father Mark Schmieder, our beloved co-founder, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 2009. The Mass was held at St. Francis Seraph Church (1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati 45202) at Liberty & Vine in Over-the-Rhine. All are welcome to attend.

SFSJ Annual Christmas Party

Immediately following the memorial Mass, we held 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 have food, live music and fun! We hope to see you there!

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News: New Newsletter!

The Advent 2019 edition of our newsletter is now available for download. Do not miss it—it contains stories, profiles, and information important to those interested in our mission and ministry.
Download the newsletter »

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Kroger Rewards Funding!

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, 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!

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Rest In Peace

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 »

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The House

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.

Learn more about us, who we serve, and how you can help.

House Needs

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!