Words from our extended community of supporters, volunteers, and guests.
“Being part of a Catholic Worker community challenges me to more intentionally search for ways of incorporating Gospel living into the fabric of my life. This includes deepening my spiritual grounding; reflecting on and responding to systemic injustices like poverty, racism, and militarism; reaching out to those on the margins of our society and creating mutual relationships; and considering my connection to the earth.” -Kristen
“For those of us who are in social justice work, it’s very difficult to measure the impact of what we do. The issues Casa Alma takes on are community-wide, state-wide, country-wide, and global. But if each of us contributes our grain of sand, you end up with a beach. Your grain of sand may be the one that makes the difference.
This seems to be the heart of what Casa Alma is about: the strength and power of community. I think that, for me, the thing that distinguishes Casa Alma as much as anything else, in addition to the daily good work and the vision and the faith, is the innovation. I think they’re charting new paths that are very exciting. Casa Alma is a beacon of hope and inspiration and possibility.” -Bill
“Lean into the community aspect of Casa Alma. What the Catholic Worker movement is doing across the country is radical and simple all at once. In every city in the United States, someone working full time at minimum wage cannot afford rent. In so many ways, we are making a world in which almost no one can live. But small acts of kindness and solidarity, allowing ourselves to be interdependent, is the path forward. We’re all in this thing together, so let’s build the relationships and community we need to build a better world.“ -Sara
of hospitality and community in 2020
“I think Casa Alma is unique in that it’s outside of the churches but it draws people from churches. It has created a really unique place for people to gather and to discuss things that aren’t often brought up and discussed. It’s like…going to the well to be refreshed.” -Bridget
“I am not Catholic, but I’m reflexively drawn to what the Catholic Worker calls its “aims and means,” and it includes ideas like not waiting for the government to be responsive to the needs of people on the margins, but acting personally. The kind of anarchism that Dorothy Day embodied attracted me, too. There are a lot of layers of overlap that make me really happy that the Catholic Worker movement exists.“ -Josh