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Many individuals and groups provided food and staff for community meals on Sundays and Mondays. Some of those helping were students of LORAS COLLEGE; St. Augustine and St. Mary of Platteville; ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH; ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, KEY WEST; The Divine Word Seminary; H.E.A.R.T.; NATIVITY CHURCH; New Hope farm; and APOSTOLIC FAITH TEMPLE. (4)
A client's length of stay was determined when talking with one of the workers. Overnight guests shared two common bathrooms with showers. Hope House was a weapon-, smoke-, alcohol-, drug-, and violence-free environment where guests could feel safe. Ordinarily, guests were expected to be at the evening meal, participate in weekly meetings and recreation, and to contribute to the upkeep of the house. (4)
In 2017 the house had served single men since about 2008. Officials at Catholic Worker believed the time for expansion had come to make the house able to handle women and possibly children. The plan was to purchase 1590 Locust which was joined to 1592 Locust. The renovation project was estimated to cost $60,000. (6)
1. Thill, Cecelia and Catie Steele, "Hope House: Feeding the Hungry, Providing Hospitality," Telegraph Herald, November 27, 2014, p. 26
2. "Hope House Catholic Worker House," St. Mary Catholic Church, Online: http://stmaryplatteville.org/wp/index.php/pastoral-care/hope-house/
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6. Rezab, Matthew. "Hope House Announces Expansion Plan," Telegraph Herald, October 2, 2017, p. 3A