Every Sunday, half of the unpledged cash in the collection goes to a local charity chosen by the UUFD Social Concerns committee. This year, these funds will go to one cause for the entire year – the expansion of Hope House.

The Catholic Worker House, Hope House, has served Dubuque residents in their time of need for more than twenty years, with a focus on single men since 2008. It is one of hundreds located throughout the world, which do not require those in need to be a Catholic or even Christian to live there. Catholic Workers provide food, clothing, and shelter because Jesus Christ did and told his followers to do so, too. Catholic workers do not receive wages for their service to the poor. Hope House is supported by the Dubuque ecumenical community. It serves meals on Sunday and Monday nights.

This past fall, Hope House, 1592 Locust St., announced plans to expand to an adjoining property on 1590 Locust. This will allow for women, and possibly their children, to be housed there. The expansion project is estimated to cost $60,000. For more information on Hope House and its plans, contact Craig Reber or Tom Johnson (563-582-9079)