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

25 Years of the CWHH in San Bruno!

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Worker Hospitality House in San Bruno! We’ve collected some old and recent photos from over the years to mark this occasion and to celebrate the people who have helped us be in existence for 25 years.


Gary Heimeyer. Gary works as an overnight staff person at the shelter, but we first met him as a guest at the dining room and shelter.

Mike DiCampli.  Mike too started off as a dining room and shelter guest.  He and his wife Jennifer now live at the Second Ave house.  Mike now works part-time at the dining room.

Mike Thompson has lived at Second Ave. for over 12 years.  For many years he was my unofficial house manager and would daily wash shelter towels.  Please keep Mike in your prayers, he is currently battling lung cancer.

At one time Susan, Eddison, Dave, and Kathy were regulars at the dining room.  Eddison worked at the shelter and lived at Second Ave. house for over 10 years before health issues forced him to move into a care facility.

A typical dining room scene.

Mary Pleas.  Mary was our first volunteer, joining us on the second day we served at the dining room.  It was Mary who insisted we keep the dining room open when we wanted to close it.

Long-time volunteers Jeanne Nelson (in yellow top) and Terri Reese (in green top).  Jeanne has since passed away, but Terri and her husband Pitt are still regular volunteers at the dining room.

Mary Pleas

Angie Hekker, former volunteer from the early days.

Peter, Kate, Craig, and Charles at the 2nd Ave house in February 1996.

 Installing the peace pole.

The Installed peace pole at 2nd Ave house.

 Ella Chatfield-Stiehler at a demonstration.

Peter Stiehler and Ella Chatfield-Stiehler at a demonstration.

Peter Stiehler, Kate Chatfield, and Ella Chatfield-Stiehler

Pizza party at the 2nd Avenue house.

Not so young Peter and Kate.