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Rest In Peace

Rev. Stanley H. Neiheisel passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016; he was a good friend to the St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House. His Mass of Christian Burial was February 3.
He will be dearly missed.

Read Fr. Neiheisel’s obituary »

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Article on Homeless

Cincinnati homeless are dying on our streets. By Sharon Coolidge and Carrie Cochran. Read the article on »

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Our winter 2016 newsletter is now available for download as a pdf file. Download it »

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Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

A memorial Mass for founder and friend, Father Mark Schmieder, is celebrated every year in December, followed by our annual Christmas party at the House located at 1437 Walnut Street. After purchasing the St. Francis Catholic Worker House from Jim Mullen (whom we regard as Father Mark’s co-founder) he merged it with his own St. Joseph House of Hospitality in 1991, forming the St. Francis – St. Joseph Catholic Worker House. Under his leadership the property was rehabilitated and staff was assembled. Today the House continues to help thousands of men achieve financial stability and move on to permanent housing. Fr. Mark passed away on December 24, 2009 from pancreatic cancer.

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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 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 St. Francis – St. Joseph Catholic Worker House to our address below. Thank You.