“According to a couple of radical, community-focused, Catholic sisters, ain’t nothing changed but the address. Since a fire tore through the Catholic Worker Movement’s original Denver home on 24th and Welton in 2016, they have been praying for a new opportunity to begin their work again in a new home. They are now quickly approaching reopening their doors at 1023 26th St.
The CWM’s local group has spent the last 40 years helping those who have fallen a little down on their luck experience compassion through community living, which is inspired by the tenets of their movement.
CWM has for 40 years operated a home that welcomed homeless individuals as well as those willing to live in their community in exchange for room and board. Before it burned down, the home on Welton Street typically housed between 12 to 15 people, up to three of them at a time being live-in workers. The organization is also completely volunteer-led and over the years Koop says they’ve had more than a hundred volunteers in addition to the core community of CMW workers that are always around.
They believe strongly in pacifism, cooperation and optimism, and they ask that their tenants observe those same sentiments during their stay in the home.
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Tellis, Allan. Denverite 14 August 2018.