Casa Juan Diego, Houston
At Casa Juan Diego, Houston, God’s people are shown a way to get back on their feet. It is a shelter, a safe home, a hot meal, a school and a clinic. Here, men, women and children take a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual journey to living healthy. They are supported by assisting them to secure employment and helping them get into their own residence. It is a ministry that empowers individuals rather than enables them. Casa Juan Diego is the bridge to living as a contributor to society.
Mission Statement of Casa Juan Diego
Matthew 25:31-46 Last Judgment by Ade Bethune “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Learn more Casa Juan Diego by clicking here.
The Casa Juan Diego shelter in Houston is dedicated to the care of men, women and children who have no other place to go. It is one of the nation’s Catholic Worker Movement communities. The facility, which is totally supported by voluntary donations operates without governmental help, and has the full support of the Galveston-Houston diocese. The opportunity for Catholic Daughters to support this mission is endless.
Monetary donations, hands-on teaching, sewing, crafts, medical care, gardening, mechanics, carpenters, donations of clothing and all household items, and your prayer support, are just some of the ways that Catholic Daughters can be of immense help, especially in the area of battered and pregnant women. Dental supplies and wheel chairs are sorely needed.
Some of the Volunteer Opportunities
Full-time Catholic Workers - “the pay is out of this world.”
- Tutor children, or teach ESL to adults, Car Mechanic to help with repairs.
- Volunteer doctors for our clinic, dental hygienists needed.
- Help write thank-you notes
- Help distribute food once a week early Tuesday mornings
- Assist our master gardener in our organic garden
- Translate and assist a few hours a week in our clinic
- Be a volunteer truck driver a few hours a week
What Is The Catholic Worker Movement?
The Catholic Worker movement was founded in 1933 by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day in New York City to implement the teachings of the Gospels and Catholic social teaching, especially as presented in the social encyclicals. The first project of Peter and Dorothy was the foundation of the Catholic Worker newspaper. A basic concept of their movement was hospitality. Dorothy and Peter and a few others began to house the homeless immediately.
The movement grew and many other houses of hospitality began across the United States. Core to the Catholic Worker movement was the focus on the human person made in the image and likeness of God. Matthew 25, "What you did for the least of the brethren you did for me." Each person is to be received as Jesus. As St. Benedict had taught many centuries ago, the guest is Christ. The Catholic Worker also had interest in agronomic communities, where Workers would grow their own food and participate in crafts. The Catholic Worker movement has no national organization or headquarters. Casa Juan Diego, the Houston Catholic Worker, is one of over one hundred Catholic Worker communities which exist today.
Monetary donations are very much appreciated and can be sent to:
Casa Juan Diego at P. O. Box 70113, Houston, TX 77270
To bring donations of food or clothing:
4818 Rose, Houston, Texas 77007
Donations of food and clothing received from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For volunteer information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Houston Catholic Worker is a Publication of Casa Juan Diego - See more by clicking here.