Casa Alma is Charlottesville’s Catholic Worker community. Many of us seek to live our faith deeply by housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger, working for justice, cultivating peace, caring for the earth, and living intentionally and prayerfully.
We hope to inspire the transformation of individual lifestyles (including our own) and social structures toward right relationship with God, with others, and with the earth. This is our understanding of justice. We support local campaigns for justice and reconciliation, a living wage, immigration reform, ending the death penalty and promoting peace.
We are drawn to the aims and means of Catholic Worker movement, and inspired by its founders, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. In his ‘Easy Essays’, Peter wrote, “The order of the day is to talk about the social order…I want a change and a radical change. I want a change from an acquisitive society to a functional society, from a society of go-getters, to a society of go-givers.” Dorothy said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
We are a community which is also incorporated as a non-profit and designated as a tax-exempt 501(c)3. Why have we taken this road?
Our practices are developing. If you’d like to help us live into these visions and hopes more deeply, please get involved.