Catholic Worker Hospitality House of San Bruno - Providing meals and shelter in San Bruno, California.

December 2016

by Christine Baker

“No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”         — Dorothy Day

December 2016

Dear Friends,

Since the November election, I’ve felt heartsick, hopeless, and fearful. I’ve been with young people in tears, terrified of being deported. I’ve sat with a young Muslim woman who was afraid to leave her apartment. I heard from a gay man who is painfully reminded of the bullying and belittling he was forced to endure throughout his childhood. Women are publicly denigrated, reduced to sexual objects; people of color are told that no, their lives and their human rights actually do not matter; Muslims are threatened with a registry and internment camps are hinted at; the physically disabled have been mocked; immigrants have been told that they will be deported. We have all been told that our planet is not worth saving; climate refugees are on their own.

And the poor? The homeless on our streets? There has been no suggestion that there will be any compassion for the least among us – the cold, the hungry, the physically and mentally ill. Christians are commanded to care the most for the stranger, the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned, the sick. The rich man who neglected Lazarus was condemned. Now, the rich man who has shown his contempt not only for so many human beings, but for the very notion of compassion, has millions of followers.

We began to despair. We realized that millions of people view those about whom we care the most — the poor, sick, imprisoned, immigrants – as contemptible, expendable, less than human.

However, despair is a luxury that we cannot afford. The rain still falls while there are homeless on our streets and in our doorways. Our efforts are so small, but we will stand up and continue them. We will imagine into existence another world. We will continue to welcome the stranger, whoever that person is. We will continue to feed, clothe, and shelter the poor, and we will increase our efforts. We will continue to gather, and pray, and remind ourselves that whatever an executive, or a legislature says, we will love our neighbor as ourselves. We will protect those who others will not.  We will remember the words of Dorothy Day: “People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must law one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”

For the past twenty years the light of your faithful support has emboldened us to continue feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and comforting the afflicted.  We thank you for your past generous support of our work with those in need and hope you will continue helping us help others.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Kate Chatfield

For all of us at Catholic Worker Hospitality House

December 2015

by Peter Stiehler
December 2015

Dear Friends,

The holidays are a festive time for our guests at Catholic Worker Hospitality House. As in years past, we kicked off the season with our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. It felt like a vision of the heavenly feast with hundreds of folks joining in to create and participate in a bountiful feast—some cooking, others setting-up and decorating the hall, others helping to serve, everybody enjoying the delicious food, and still others coming in late to assist with clean up. To see so many people together sharing how and what they are able, is really a beautiful sight.

Thanksgiving 2015

by Peter Stiehler
Thanksgiving 2015

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Over the years you have brought food to share with all of our guests for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Can you help us again this year? Can you bring one or more of the following:

  • Turkey, cooked and carved to serve ten
  • Pie, cake or cookies
  • Mashed potatoes or stuffing for ten
  • Apple cider or milk
  • Vegetable dish for ten
  • Money to cover other expenses
  • If you can provide any of these items please call us at (650) 827-0706.

February 2015

by Peter Stiehler
February 2015

Dear Friends,

On a recent Tuesday while taking a break from our morning serving, long-time volunteer Mary Pleas and I sat chatting, updating each other on the goings on of various guests. “Have you seen so-and-so? What about Bob? I see that Doug is back again.” It seemed all of our responses to the inquiries were depressing: “Bob seems to have had a mental break, Doug’s housing fell apart again.” We just sat there for a while dejectedly shaking our heads. At times, it seems like our work is like watching a car wreck in slow motion: you can see something bad about to happen, can even try to stop it from happening, but often can’t do much about it. Then I piped up: “I’ve got a happy story. You know Jake, right?” Then I told her Jake’s story.