It is with much sadness that we announce that on May 5, 2020 long-time Catholic Worker Hospitality House staff member Christine Baker passed away from cancer. Many of you know Christine Baker from her work at the dining room over the past 20 years. In February she had an operation to remove a cancerous tumor in her abdomen. The surgery went well, but during surgery the doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to other internal organs. After the surgery her doctors told her they would be surprised if she ever left the hospital. They were wrong. After more than a month of recovery at Kaiser San Francisco Hospital she had a stay at the St. Francis Convalescent Pavilion in Daly City for further recovery. Then in early April she returned home as a hospice patient with around-the-clock care providers to make her final days as pleasant as possible. While not happy to have the hospice designation she was happy to return home, as she told me, “I don’t want to die in a care facility.” She got her wish. Christine will be greatly missed by all at Catholic Worker Hospitality House. We ask that you keep Christine, her family, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
In January 2020 the Catholic Worker Hospitality House received a $22,000 grant from the San Bruno Community Foundation in support of our homeless shelter. We are so thankful for their continued support of our work with those in need in the community.