Monthly Archives: June 2014

Can you help with meals for GRACE Marketplace?

Although the Green House is officially closed for summer rest, a group of volunteers here at the Green House has started preparing meals to take over to GRACE Marketplace. We prepare the meals at the Green House Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 and then drive the meals at 5 to Grace where we serve until about 6:30. If you are interested in helping with one or more of these “shifts” (prep and serving), we’d love to have you join us! Thanks to the continued donations of the farmers of the 441 Farmer’s Market, we are getting fresh produce to use for our meals. However, we could use additional cash gifts to help with the costs of other needed groceries.

To sign up to volunteer, use this link:

Pizza Extravaganza, Green House Summer Hiatus, and more…

This is our final regular weekly update of the 2013-14 school year.  Look for an end-of-the-year letter, plus more information about summer needs and projects soon.


GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUS: In keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that. (The Microfarm will continue to need volunteers, though!)  We plan to re-open the Green House when the school year begins again in mid-August.  In the meantime, we have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!


PIZZA CAFÉ JUNE 4: As mentioned above, our final Dorothy’s Café of the school year is this Wednesday, June 4.  And in keeping with tradition, it will be a pizza café!  We will need folks to help by bringing win pizzas—either homemade or from local places like Big Lou’s, Italian Gator, Five-Star, Satchell’s etc.  We will also need folks to come help us prepare some more pizzas on site.  Please let us know if you can bring a pizza either by emailing us at, or by checking out our facebook event page or our sign-up genius page and responding with how many pizzas you can bring, and what kind. 


METANOIA SEMESTERAs this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact

  • Coffee Shop: Monday morning from 7:30-9:30 AM
  • Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.  See above for more details.
  • Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email ( or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.


COFFEE SHOP THANK YOU’S AND MORE:  As we wrap up for this semester, we wanted to name a couple of folks who have regularly helped by providing food for our morning Coffee Shops: Cyndy & Katrina Griffin provided baked goods, eggs & sometimes fruit twice a month; Joan Albert also regularly provided baked goods; and Alicia Gutierrez provided fruit each Monday.  Along with this, we want to thank all of our regular volunteers at both the Coffee Shops and at Dorothy’s Café—too many to name, but you know who you are and you know none of this would work without you!  Thank you so much!




What we would like to do is change the world–make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute–the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor in other words, we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world…

We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and dear God–please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our friend.

–Dorothy Day, from “Love is the Measure” The Catholic Worker, June 1946, 2.