HOUSE NEWS: New semester, new project and author Rosalie Riegle at the Roundtable on Thursday!
Happy New Year and welcome back! We’re excited to start a new semester at the GCW and we hope you’ll make plans to include us as a regular part of your life over the next few months! Read below for some exciting things happening at the house and think about joining us for a weekly volunteer gig this semester…
AUTHOR ROSALIE RIEGLE AT THE ROUNDTABLE THIS THURSDAY! We are so excited to start off this new semester with a very special guest for our First Friday Roundtable Discussion and Potluck Dinner. We’re thrilled to have with us author Rosalie Riegle, who will be sharing with us from her new book, Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community. In this oral history, more than seventy-five peacemakers describe how they say no to war-making in the strongest way possible–by engaging in civil disobedience and paying the consequences in jail or prison. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called “faith-based activists.” Rosalie co-founded two Catholic Worker communities in Saginaw, MI, taught English and Women’s Studies at Saginaw Valley State University, and published two oral histories of the Catholic Worker movement. She has participated a bit in Catholic Worker nonviolent resistance and was arrested in several low-key actions in Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. We hope you can join us at 6:30pm on Thursday! Please bring a dish to share if you can.
NEW PROJECT AT THE HOUSE: Since ending the Breakfast Brigade in June 2012, we’ve been looking for a new project. After some consultation and informal polling regarding needs in the community, we have decided to start offering a light breakfast with coffee and tea on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings each week at the Green House. The coldest part of each day is usually right after dawn, and many of our friends have no place to go between 7-9 in the morning, so beginning this Thursday, we’ll serve a light breakfast along with coffee and tea in a warm, welcoming environment each morning at the house. If you’d like to volunteer to help on any of these mornings regularly, let us know. Or if you’d like to help by donating homemade baked goods some time for us to serve at the breakfast, we would be so grateful! Email or let us know if you’d like to help!
ART FOR ALL PLANNING MEETING: Art for All workshops will be offered every Saturday, between 1-4pm, this semester. There will be a planning meeting this Saturday at 1pm at the house for anyone who would like to be involved. If you have ideas nd would like to help us brainstorm, we would love to have you join us. Everyone is welcome, this Saturday from 1-4pm.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER THIS SEMESTER: We hope you’ll consider making a regular weeky commitment to help out with one of our projects this semester. We rely on regular, committed volunteers and we’d love to have you join us and make a place to be with us in your schedule. Here are some ideas for regular volunteer opportunities:
- Dorothy’s Cafe – We need help preparing the meal between 9:30am and noon, serving the meal between noon and 3pm, and clean-up between 2:30-4pm every Wednesday. Any shift or part of a shift would be a great help!
- Chores at the Microfarm – Each Thursday, between 8am and noon, we need help planting, harvesting, and caring for the crops at the microfarm. Come for an hour or all morning. The microfarm is located near the corner of University Avenue and 34th Street and easily accessible from campus. For both individuals and groups, we have a monthly workday each 4th Saturday of the month too.
- Breakfast at the Green House – Each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we’ll be serving a light breakfast at the Green House. Come help prepare food around 6:30am any of those days (or earlier, contact us and we’ll tell you when prep begins on any specific day), help us serve for an hour or two between 7-9am, or help clean-up toward the end. It would be great to have an extra person helping any day of the week.
- Art for All – Every Saturday from 1-4pm, work together with others or help others learn as we undertake art and craft projects for personal use, gifts and to sell.
- Individual projects – Can’t commit to a regular volunteer gig? Or looking for something to better suit your schedule? Let us know and we’ll work with you to find ways for you to contribute that work for you and us.
Hope to see you this week and all semester long! And a special thanks to all of you who sent us Christmas cards, special gifts, and more during the holiday season! We are so grateful!