HOUSE NEWS: The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away…and the Lord giveth back again

Dear friends,

For a complete list of what is going on this week, please click here.

CAR UPDATE: After a week of being awol, our vehicle was returned to us. It apparently was used for some–let’s just say, unsavory–activities. Thanks to someone in a Nissan Pathfinder almost running down a police officer in Williston last Tuesday night, police throughout the area were on the lookout for Nissan Pathfinders–the same model of our vehicle. And early Wednesday morning, GPD pulled over our vehicle, called us to come pick it up, and after a thorough cleaning, we have our vehicle back–not much worse for the wear. Thanks for all the kind emails last week!

IT WAS AROUND 32 DEGREES WHEN THEY LEFT CINCINNATI… But in the low seventies when they arrived in Gainesville. Saturday we welcomed a group of 8 from the University of Cincinnati to do an alternative spring break with us. If you have a chance to drop by and say hello, they’d love to meet you. They’ve already nearly cleared an empty lot for our new community garden (see below), celebrated Matthew’s birthday with us, and gotten to learn a little about the Catholic Worker and our home specifically. We have special talks and activities planned with them this week, so feel free to stop by the house and join us for any of these activities from Tuesday thru Saturday morning when they’ll leave to head back.

NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT BEGINS: Kendera found and secured an empty lot about two blocks from our house for us to start a new community garden. We’re in the process of clearing the lot out this week and we’ll start planting, etc next week and in the weeks to come. Watch the “This Week” page regularly and the weekly email for regular garden hours if you’d like to join us. The food produced from the garden will be used at the Jubilee House, for Dorothy’s Cafe, and shared with friends from the neighborhood.

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO LEARN ABOUT ISLAM BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK: This week we’re really happy to have members of Islam on Campus (IOC) join us for Thursday’s Roundtable at 6pm. IOC members will share with us some of the basics about Islam and some of what they think every U.S. citizen should know about their faith. Join us for the discussion and bring a dish to share if you can!

BIRTHDAYS, REDUX: Also at the end of Thursday’s Roundtable, we’ll be celebrating Kimberly’s birthday! You can post messages of birthday happiness to Kim on her Facebook page (click here) or send us emails or post messages on the GCW Facebook page and we’ll be sure to pass your well-wishes on to here! Happy Birthday Kim!

ART FOR A CHANGE: Also this week, former live-in GCW community member Iris Zielske will be hosting a special art show to benefit her friends work on behalf of children in Tanzania. Here’s the scoop: “Art for a Change is a collective that uses what we can do (art & a sweet event) to change things that we wouldn’t normally be able to (ie. the life of an orphan in Tanzania). We have been collecting art and other handmade items and now we will sell the art and all proceeds will go to support Hananasif Orphanage in Tanzania. The event will be an art show, with live music and a raffle of items donated by local businesses, on Friday, March 27, 7 – 10pm at The Exchange – 815 W University Ave.
Check out for more information.”

FORMER GUEST PASSES AWAY: We also ask you to keep our friend Laurie and her family in your prayers. Laurie is a former guest at the house who passed away this week at the age of 35. She was a kind and sweet spirit and we are lucky to have had her as a friend.

In peace,



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