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Ames Catholic Worker House

The Ames Romero House is a community of people who seek to live sustainably, creatively, and in solidarity with those in our Ames community seeking refuge or spiritual sanctuary.

Our Mission

We invite those transitioning from homelessness, incarceration, or inadequate/unstable housing to stay with us and be part of a safe, stable home. There is no rent, judgement, and no expectations; only love, acceptance, and peace. Our mission stems from the encounter with the human person and our belief that the intrinsic dignity Jesus preaches is a love for each person in action.

What do we do?

We are a sustainable, independent group striving to cultivate a strong community of brotherhood. Our community extends farther than our home to include families, singles, and clergy. We offer a meal on Saturday evening to the greater public where everyone can participate and eat. Those who stay with us are welcomed with food, shelter, and clothing, but are encouraged to participate in the day to day operations of keeping the house.

Our 2 Greatest Needs

We ask you to keep us in your daily prayer. We are facing a demand that we never anticipated and are searching for more supporters of our mission. The 1st and most important way we seek support is through your fervent prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters on the street, those that live here at the house, and our live-in Catholic Workers that live alongside those seeking community.

The 2nd need we have are for monthly financial supporters. Because the Romero House does not receive funding through any government, institution or outside organization, we glean all the money we need to pay our bills from families and individuals who feel led to support us regularly. We welcome single donations, but invite you to pray about an ongoing, monthly gift to help us meet our budget for utilities, mortgage, and house repairs. Can you commit to $10/month? Maybe you feel led to $50, or $100? Whatever the amount, know that we receive it with with joy and are blessed to have you join our mission towards the poor and marginalized in Central Iowa. For more information about a financial commitment, you can email us at: romerogiving@gmail.com

Our weekly Saturday meal at the house. Outside and at a distance, we can still be social.

What does our home look like?

We believe in preserving and respecting the dignity of each human being. Our home is open to all men who simply apply. If we have a bed and resources for you, you are welcome. Keeping the mission of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, we hope to celebrate mass weekly (and hopefully in-person) together with others outside the house welcome. Respecting boundaries and religious preferences, we will also have morning prayer and an evening silent hour in the chapel of our home. We eat

together every night and occasionally follow it up with banjo or guitar jam session. Artistic expression is also part of our mission! Our resources include transportation, assistance in job searching and documentation needs, night by night stay, meals, showers, laundry, ect. Our house has few regulatory rules other than respecting each and every human being. We do have some behavioral rules to maintain boundaries with our guests and residents.

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