News & Updates

Holy Family House is closing

It is with heavy hearts that I am announcing that Holy Family House will serve its last meal on Monday, July 31, 2017.

For the past year I have been the single remaining staff member, and even our reduced schedule is too much for one single person to manage.

Please stay tuned for more information and updates as to future plans.

With love,



Printer needed

Do you know someone who’s replacing their printer?

We are looking for a simple, basic computer printer. It doesn’t need to print in color!

If you can help with this need, please email or 816-753-2677. Thanks!

Photo: printers by ezra on flickr.

December Work Day

Work Day
Saturday, December 10, 9:00am to noon
(come and go as you’re available–no need to stay the whole time)

The tasks we have left from the summer are mainly cleaning and organization around the kitchen, dining rooms, and basement. There are also a few small repair projects if that’s your skill set. Bring a friend, and please come even for a short time!

Extended Closing (summer/fall 2016)

Holy Family House will remain closed at least through December 2016.

As in the past several years, we need to do some deep cleaning and maintenance projects.

This year, however, we also need to plan for some changes to our schedule and our services. We are down to a single staff/community member, which means that we cannot maintain our existing schedule. We don’t know yet if this will mean simply serving fewer meals each week, or changing what we do altogether.

Please watch this site for updates, or click here to sign up for our email list if you aren’t already subscribed.

What can I bring?

We are often asked what people could bring to the house to support our hospitality. Here is our list of most regular needs, with the things that we buy from the grocery store on a weekly basis in bold:

  • Butter / margarine
  • Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Canned vegetables (preferably not mixed veggies)
  • Canned beans (preferably without pork)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Toilet paper
  • Cloth napkins (or paper napkins to fill in)… lots of use means we can always use more!

Our weekly grocery bill is around $45, so anything you could contribute would be a big help. You can always drop things off at the back door during one of our mealtimes, or call or email to set up another time for us to meet you

Thank you for your support and your prayers!

Summer happenings

Holy Family House is closed for the months of June and July for our normal summer repairs, maintenance, deep cleaning, community transition, and a bit of rest.

We could use some help during this time! We will be having work days on Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, July 26th, both from 9am to noon to accomplish a variety of cleaning and repair projects. No matter your ability or skill level, we’ll have something for you.

We’d love to see you there!

Holy Family House 40th Anniversary Party

Holy Family House
is celebrating its
40th Anniversary!

Come celebrate on Saturday, April 26th (that’s the weekend after Easter)

  • 9:30am – noon:  History of the house—what’s happened during the last 40 years?
    Brother Louis and others will share stories and memories.
  • 3:00pm–7:30pm:  Open house party
    Music, entertainment, celebration, and…
  • 6:00–7:30pm:  Picnic dinner

Troost Fest will also be happening from 12-8pm at 31st & Troost!

Holy Family Catholic Worker House needs your help.

Please consider this message an invitation to discern whether you are at this time and place in your life in a position to respond to a grace that will require much of you, but also bless you in ways you cannot now imagine.

Eighty years ago, in 1933, Dorothy Day, a young journalist and convert to Catholicism, and Peter Maurin, a French émigré and former Christian Brother, responded to the Great Depression by founding the Catholic Worker Movement in one of poorest parts of New York City. They began with a shelter for homeless women, a soup kitchen and eventually a small farm where the Beatitudes and the Corporal Works of Mercy could be lived in their purest form — direct service to the poor in a Christ-centered faith community. Day was also a pacifist who saw war as undoing the works of mercy by taking public resources from the most needy to spend on weapons.

Forty years ago, in 1972, a young woman named Angie O’Gorman established Holy Family Catholic Worker House at 31st and Harrison in Midtown Kansas City. Over the coming decades, other people of many faiths joined that community and served at that location, experiencing what Dorothy Day once called a “school for the radical gospel.” Among the active figures at the house was Christian Brother Louis Rodemann, who, during his 28 years there, became known to hundreds of volunteers from many churches and organizations in the area who felt drawn to deepen their commitment to direct service to the needy, helping with hospitality, shelter and other forms of assistance to homeless and low income people. More recently, generous young people seeking more authentic lives of service have committed their idealism and energies to sustain the House by living in the community, serving its guests and, as Dorothy Day did, by organizing protests against the production of nuclear weapons in Kansas City.

Efforts to staff Holy Family House have always been a challenge. New volunteers are once again needed to sustain its Worker mission. Mature individuals, independent enough to give several months, perhaps a year of their lives to help guide the House into the future, are asked to consider becoming community members. This appeal goes out to anyone who has experienced the work of Holy Family in the past, to families who have known the blessing of serving there, or to anyone who at this point in his or her life is discerning how to take the next step in their own spiritual growth. The recent call of Pope Francis to recover the church of the poor and for the poor is one sign that something urgent and powerful is happening today, inviting people of good will and compassion to join together to make our divided world into a more just, loving and holy family.

If this appeal prompts you, please pray about it, talk to your family and friends, your local faith community, then contact to arrange a visit to the House to begin a discernment process to determine if you are being called to serve in this way.