Monthly Archives: September 2013
As we prepare to reopen the Green House this week, we wanted to let you know some things that are needed, in case you or someone you know is in a position to help:
- An oven (we have one, but the other one died over the summer)
- Donations–and especially pledges for ongoing support. Checks can be made payable to the Gainesville Catholic Worker, and sent to 218 NW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
- Volunteers to help serve breakfast, Tuesdays and Fridays from 7-10am. Contact Daniel Loya at email@example.com if you would like to sign up.
- Donations of breakfast foods for our Tuesday and Friday breakfasts. Fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, juice, oatmeal, and fair-trade coffee are all welcome. You can bring items Tuesdays and Fridays at 7am, drop off items on Monday and Thursday evenings between 6:30-8pm, or contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternate time.
Thank you for all the words of support and encouragement we have received, and for those who have already sent in donations. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. If you would like to join us for prayer, The Open Table community will be having its monthly prayer service and potluck tomorrow, Sunday, September 29, beginning at 4pm at the Green House. All are welcome.
The GCW crew
Dear friends of the Gainesville Catholic Worker,
In late-August, we decided to take a break and step away from our work at the Gainesville Catholic Worker. We’ve started the GCW in 2000—thirteen years ago!—and it has been an extraordinary and challenging way of life. We are so grateful for all of the support we have received over the years—both personally and as a community. And we’re excited to share with you that while we have decided to move out of the Green House, a new community of former live-in members and guests is moving in, and with the support of a core group of long-time local volunteers and supporters, the work of the GCW will continue on. And most of all, we hope that YOU will continue to be a part of the GCW and support the work!
The new live-in community includes Daniel Loya (GCW member from 2011), Kendera and Moraa Omanga (GCW members 2006-8, 10-11) and Mohamed Ramadan (frequent guest since 2005). They’re the new “faces” of the community for the next year, and they’re supported by a number of folks who are committed to offering support in a variety of capacities. We are hopeful that a firm foundation has been built and that the Gainesville Catholic Worker will continue for many years to come.
Personally, we ask for your understanding—and your forgiveness—for not being able right now to carry on with the work we started together. We also ask for your prayers and support for the continually renewed effort to live faithfully in this time and place that the Green House represents. The house is re-opening on October 1st and the new community will need your care and support to carry the vision forward.
One particular way that we are asking you to support the new community is to help them get off to a good start by sharing with them a special gift or contribution today. Over the years, we used money from our outside jobs and pre-GCW savings to fill in the gaps when times were tight (and they were often tight!) and keep the house open and our projects going. To continue on, the house needs to become self-sufficient through the generosity of friends and family and others who believe in the work and the vision. If you’ve been a regular supporter, we hope you’ll continue to do so. If you’re in a position to give a little something extra right now as a boost for this new start, we would be really grateful. Whatever you can do, we thank you, and we hope you’ll keep the house and the new community in your prayers and visit when you’re in the neighborhood.
Kelli and John
Dear friends of GCW,
This is just a quick note to let you know that the Green House will reopen on October 1. A small group of us are attempting to continue the wonderful work that Kelli and John started. We will start small, serving breakfast twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7-10am. Once that is well established, we hope to bring back Dorothy’s Cafe.
More details to follow soon…in the meantime, please keep GCW in your prayers.
We are sorry to tell you that we have decided to step back from the Catholic Worker for the time being and that we will no longer be living at the Green House. We are so grateful for all of the support we have received over the years – both personally and as a community. There is a group of people – many who have been volunteers, community members and present from the very beginning of our work together – who are interested in keeping the house and the projects going. Some folks have committed to living at the house over the course of the next year, while others are committed to offering financial and volunteer support. We are hopeful that a firm foundation has been built and that the Gainesville Catholic Worker will continue.
We ask for your understanding – and your forgiveness – for not being able right now to carry on with the work we started together. We also ask for your prayers and support for the continually renewed effort to live faithfully in this time and place that the Green House represents. The house will be closed for the next few weeks until the transition to a new live-in community is complete and plans to restart the various projects get off the ground. We’ll make sure an update is sent out when a more firm timeline for reopening is in place.
With great gratitude,
Kelli and John