Shelter & refuge

Mission | December 7, 2016

A baby blue, two story, wood frame home on 20th Street in Rock Island looks like a typical home from the outside.

But take a step inside and see – up to four women and their children live there, with a house manager who helps take care of running the household. The women are there because they are experiencing homelessness, and need a place to determine the next steps of their lives.

“We are more than a shelter,” executive director Ann Ring said, noting that many of the women who come to stay at the house have trauma in their backgrounds. “We are a home.”sjwh

The organization is called the St. Joseph the Worker House Association, a nod to its history dating back to the 1970s. Women can stay for up to 90 days in the 20th Street house, and up to a year in a transitional housing duplex. They participate in chores, take classes, find work, and get support to tap resources as they get back on their feet.

The history of the house began in the early 1970s when Fr. Robert Reynolds, the pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church, opened the Catholic Worker House in the parish rectory. Eventually the program moved to the house on 20th Street, operated by Chuck and Kim Trapkus. The house, then known as the Dorothy Day House, provided services for a number of years. As part of the national Catholic Worker Movement, the house welcomed anyone who came to its door.

In the late 1980s, the Catholic Worker Board of Trustees donated the property to the St. Joseph the Worker House Association, which was a corporation formed by St. Joseph Church. The mission of the house became focused on homeless women and children. The church, which closed in 2005, had a mission of social justice involvement and provided generous funding for the operation of the house.

After being closed for several years, the house reopened in September of 2006 under new leadership. In 2007 a new board was seated and became a 501c3 charity. In September of 2009, the board purchased a second home, which is located on 11th Street. In 2010 the first house was named the Martha House based on the biblical woman, Martha, who showed hospitality to Jesus.

The organization is now supported by individual donations, local church and community efforts, as well as grants and fundraising. St. Paul began its support in 2015.

Jessica Bingham is the house manager at St. Joseph the Worker. She lives there, a position that she finds quite fulfilling as she is a “homemaker at heart.” She manages the chore chart to make sure the work of running a household gets done. She helps support residents as they cook meals for each other. She also lends an ear to the women – “they come and talk with me,” she said. “This has really opened my eyes to a lot of things.”

It’s doing lots of seemingly little things that occupy her time – yet they are big things toward making the house comfortable for all.

“I was a homemaker for 12 years,” she said. “I can do 22 things at once and it doesn’t phase me,” she said.


St. Paul offerings financially support the work of several shelters in the Quad Cities, including four shelters for women and children. St. Paul’s commitment to these shelters total $22,000. Below are the additional three. Sister Mary Ann Vogel from Humility of Mary Housing will speak about her organization’s work on Sunday, Dec. 11, 10:45-11:30 a.m. in the Luther Loft.

Humility of Mary Housing Inc. (or HMHI) serves approximately 80 single-parent families with 150 children annually. It began with one four-plex building that housed four young mothers and their four babies. Today, HMHI has 49 apartments in 15 locations in Davenport. HMHI empowers, strengthens, and increases the self-reliance of single parent families who have been homeless, through supportive services and quality housing. Families live in furnished apartments, paying rent on a sliding-fee scale.

While in the HMHI program, social workers partner with parents to set goals to increase their education or job training. Families with parents suffering with brain-injury, mental health, or recovery issues also receive support of a resident site manager.

The Family Resources shelter is a place for women and children fleeing domestic violence and/or sexual assault (hotel rooms are also available for men and others who are not able to stay at shelter). It is a short-term shelter, at an undisclosed location, for what can be one of the most dangerous times in a survivor’s life.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is used to gain power and control over one’s intimate partner, and it can occur in both dating and marital relationships. The violence can be in the form of physical injury, but it may also be in the form of threats, isolation, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Services offered include 24-hour crisis line at (563)326-9191, 24-hour emergency response to hospitals and police departments, counseling, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, housing referrals, employment assistance, and safety planning.

Winnie’s Place, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month, offers free, comprehensive services to women and children. Services include: shelter, food, clothing, counseling, parenting skills, spiritual support, as well as encouragement, acceptance, and hope. At the shelter, women can focus on their mental health, chemical dependency, budgeting, time management and parenting, instead of putting all of their emotional energy towards preventing abuse. The name Winnie came from this: “Women In Need – Nurtured into Excellence.”


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Daniel 12:1-3

The Time of the End

1“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Psalm 16

1Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

2I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good besides You.”

3As for the saints who are in the earth,

They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;

I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,

Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

You support my lot.

6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;

Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;

Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

8I have set the LORD continually before me;

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;

My flesh also will dwell securely.

10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

11You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Hebrews 10:11-25

11Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;12but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,13waiting from that time onward UNTIL HISENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.14For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,





He then says,



18Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

A New and Living Way

19Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,20by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,21and since we have a great priest over the house of God,22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Christ or Judgment

Mark 13:1-8

Things to Come

1As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples *said to Him, “Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

3As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,4“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”5And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.6“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.7“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Daniel 7:9-14

9“I kept looking

Until thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took His seat;

His vesture was like white snow

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels were a burning fire.

10“A river of fire was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court sat,

And the books were opened.

11“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.12“As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

13“I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming,

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

14“And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

Psalm 93

1The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;

The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.

2Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting.

3The floods have lifted up, O LORD,

The floods have lifted up their voice,

The floods lift up their pounding waves.

4More than the sounds of many waters,

Than the mighty breakers of the sea,

The LORD on high is mighty.

5Your testimonies are fully confirmed;

Holiness befits Your house,

O LORD, forevermore.

Revelation 1:-4-8

John 18:33-37

33Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”34Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”35Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”37Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”