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

Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Worker Hospitality House is to serve the needs of low-income and homeless individuals in our community. In our daily work of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and comforting the afflicted we try to be both a presence of the love of God and to see God in all we serve. To this end we operate a free dining room five mornings a week, a year-round homeless shelter, and permanent supportive housing for former guests. We try to assist our guests as needed. In our work all are welcome. No one is refused service based on who they are, where they are from, or what they believe. We believe we are all children of God and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

Catholic Worker Hospitality House is neither operated nor funded by St. Bruno’s parish, the Archdiocese, or any governmental agency. Rather, we are funded primarily by individuals, area churches of all denominations, and service groups. Quite simply, it is your generosity, your gifts of money, food, paper products, and toiletries that enable us to continue serving those in need in our community.

About the Catholic Worker Movement

The Catholic Worker Movement began in 1933 in New York City with the opening of the first House of Hospitality and the publication of The Catholic Worker newspaper by Dorothy Day. There are now approximately one hundred and fifty Catholic Worker houses in the United States and around the world, each one serving the poor in their communities. Each Catholic Worker house is operated independently; there is no national board or administrative structure. Though independent, Catholic Worker share common beliefs and values, among them:

  • A belief in the sanctity of all human life,
  • A commitment to simple living,
  • That personally performing the Works of Mercy are central to our lives as Christians,
  • And that Jesus as the Prince of Peace calls us to lives of non-violence.

Catholic Workers are committed to serving the poor, remembering that, “as often as you did it for one of these, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25) Catholic Workers also question and resist the structure of violence and injustice in our world, which relegates so many of our brothers and sisters to lives of crushing poverty.

“Hands” created by Atif Arshad, from Noun Project. “Christ of the Breadline” woodcut by Fritz Eichenberg.