Charlottesville's Catholic Worker community

Hospitality

BW photo 5Casa Alma hosts low-income and formerly homeless families in our two houses of hospitality.  Our houses of hospitality are small (620 and 800 sq.ft) and include energy-conservation and passive solar elements.  Typically, guest families are referred to Casa Alma by local organizations or congregations.

Guests live at Casa Alma for up to two years and receive support from our extended community and local social service agencies.  Guests use their time at Casa Alma to leverage a more stable future by paying down debt, saving funds for future housing, addressing health or employment issues, and improving their English language skills.  Please contact us if you’d like to refer a family for housing, would like to support a guest family, or are seeking housing.summer fun

Casa Alma also provides hospitality to our neighbors and local community by hosting a monthly open house, times of prayer and reflection, and a variety of seasonal events, workshops, and community suppers.

“Do not neglect hospitality; for through it, some have unknowingly entertained angels.”  Hebrews 13:2

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.” -Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life