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Christmas Party photo album

We celebrated Christmas at the house, bringing volunteers, guests, and friends together.

Catch a photographic recap of the camaraderie and sharing that was experienced that evening in our 2014 House photo album »

Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

We celebrated the life of Fr. Mark Schmieder, founder of St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House with a series of Masses held throughout the Christmas season at various churches in Cincinnati and Covington. This year marked the Five Year Anniversary of Fr. Mark's death on December 24, 2009.

Read about Fr. Mark in an article published in our 2010 Newsletter entitled Fr. Mark Schmieder: A Man for Others.

The memorial Mass at St. Francis Seraph Church on December 20 was followed by the house's Annual Christmas Party held at the homeless shelter at 1437 Walnut Street. For more information on how you can help the shelter's guests, please contact house manager, John Clark or call (513) 381-4941.

The House

St. Francis - St. Joseph Catholic Worker House is a safe and dignified environment where homeless men can work on securing immediate needs of housing, employment, drug/alcohol rehabilitation and case management. We’ve been an emergency shelter since 1985, so our primary goal is to assist guests in finding permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Our existence is totally dependent on private donations; we receive no governmental funding. Less than 6% of our annual budget goes to administrative expenses. Building a family of personal and community relationships with those who believe in our mission is critical to our success and our survival.

Learn more about us, who we serve, and how you can help.

House Needs

Pillows, towels, wash cloths, salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, pickles and paper towels. Donations of any of these items are always appreciated.


St. Francis - St. Joseph CW House operates successfully on a small budget. Our needs are few and simple. But, we do request your financial help to continue the good work.

Please consider sending a tax-deductible gift to support the good work at the worker house. Donate online, or mail a check payable to SFSJ to our address below. Thank You.