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There are various ways to participate with the Los Angeles Catholic Worker: some people join us on Wednesday evenings for liturgy and potluck dinner, many volunteer for a day at our soup kitchen, some join with us for our vigils, other people decide to spend a week or two living with us, and yet others decide to participate in our Summer Internship Program. In 2004, 2005 and 2009 some of our soup kitchen volunteers shared their experiences with us, which we printed in our newspaper, the Catholic Agitator.

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Hospitality Kitchen (aka The Hippie Kitchen) COVID-19 UPDATE: During the coronavirus outbreak, we are taking extra precautions for sharing food with our Skid Row community. We ask volunteers (unless vaccinated) to only come if they have not been sick for at least two weeks and if they have not traveled (by plane or public transit) …

Visiting Us

  Hennacy House of Hospitality     Would you like to stay with us for a week or a few months? We welcome adults who may have an interest in community life as a Catholic Worker to apply to come and “try it out” with us for a short period of one week to a …


    Los Angeles Catholic Worker Wednesday Evening Liturgies (COVID-19 NOTICE: Wednesday liturgy gatherings at the Hennacy House are currently not open to the public. We are currently asking visitors not to come to the house because we have a number of vulnerable people living here. However, we are having liturgies every other week on …

Volunteer Stories (2009)

In the years 2004, 2005 and 2009 we interviewed our volunteers for our December issues of the Catholic Agitator. Below are the 2009 interviews. Stephanie Chan I am from Redlands, California in the Inland Empire. I received a bachelor’s in journalism from UC – Irvine. For the last two years I have been working for …

Driving Directions

Hospitality Kitchen 821 E. 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90021 (213) 614-9615 Our kitchen is located on the corner of 6th St. and Gladys Ave. (near Central Ave.) Volunteers should park on Gladys Ave. A community member is usually outside to direct volunteers to available parking. For those unfamiliar with downtown, many of the streets …


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    • Patrick Rossi on October 2, 2008 at 10:32 am
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    Wow you guys got it together!! I am very interested in helping out and I’m sure some of my parish would be very interested in volunteering as well..


    • frances june selman on June 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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    hi! i sent a note yesterday 6-14-13 and forgot one thing to ask. I remember that when the new cathedral was being built i was online daily then and a regular reader of the la times.if i remember correctly,some worker folks were protesting there alot and getting it expected,if part of the team,to get arrested at various protests? the reason i ask is that i’ve never been to jail,and at this late stage,i don’t think i care to begin.thank you,june selman p.o box 132,fairview,oregon 97024 and 503-887-3558

    • Angelique on February 18, 2014 at 10:16 am
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    Do I need to registar to volunteer< or do I just show up before 7:45 to help out ??

    1. One or two people can show up on any serving day (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between 7:30 – 7:45am and commit to at least 12:30pm. Three to five people must sign up as a group by calling our house at 323-267-8789.

    • jazmin c on June 28, 2015 at 11:26 am
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    I am a sixteen year old looking to volunteer at a soup kitchen this summer, can I go in by myself during the weekdays or would my parents have to sign some sort of form/ attend with me ?

    • R Godwin Milner on September 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm
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    Greetings in Christ’s love

    I am by profession a social worker with the County. I have frequently worked w/ clients w/ special needs in central LA and have enjoyed the experience. However, at present I am handicapped w/ inability to walk unaided or stand in a single spot. I am on med leave & would like to put my time to constructive use.

    I am hoping to revitalise our food cabinet and expand to a used clothing closet at parish ( St Therese Church in Alhambra ) with my pastors permission. Is there a way that I can combined the two missions w/ my parish and your St Joseph House or there volunteer that I help w/ you?

    God Bless
    R Godwin Milner

    • Gabriela A on November 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    Can 2 students show up this Saturday to Volunteer ?

    • Gavin C. on April 20, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    I’m currently a in my Freshman year of High School, so do I have to sign a waiver of consent or come with a parent or guardian?

    1. Hi Gavin,
      No, you do not need a waiver or a parent/guardian present.

    • walter v gregory on December 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    do you provide services in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys ?

    1. We do not. We are only in Downtown LA.

    • Alex johnson on October 19, 2020 at 11:36 am
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    We live in Boston but subscribe to The Catholic Agitator (under subscription name Askold Melnyczuk) and donate to LACW.

    I’d like to send some of the things you recently list as needs for “downtown friends.” And will include a check donation.

    What’s the best address to send this small package to?

    Thank you for all your important work!

    1. Thank you, Alex! We look forward to sharing what you send with folks!

      Our home address is:

      632 N. Brittania St
      Los Angeles, CA 90033

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