Franciscan friars once called our building home, but when their resident St. Augustine church closed, the property was generously offered to the soon-to-be founders of Su Casa. Since then, in the spirit of the Catholic Worker Tradition, workers and guests have lived, eaten, given birth, wept, cleaned, and laughed within these walls. Though Su Casa’s mission began as a shelter for refugees of Central-American genocide and civil war, we now serve English and Spanish-speaking families of Chicago who are experiencing housing insecurity and families from Central America seeking asylum in this country, many of whom are women and children escaping domestic violence. Our house physically accommodates up to six families at a time. More information about the history of the Land can be found here.
Live-in workers are a foundational component of the Catholic Worker movement and Su Casa’s mission. These individuals pledge to living at Su Casa and providing consistent volunteer work. Live-in workers can choose to be seasonal or long-term, full-time or part-time community members depending on desires and availability. Prospective workers join us for a come-and-see week to learn about our community, followed by a 30-day discernment period. If the community and prospective worker mutually agree, the new worker then becomes a full member of the community.