dorothy day house | Background and more

Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, 620 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, opened Nov. 22, 2009. Sister Ann McManamon of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary is its director. The house, made possible through the Catholic Worker Initiative, is a haven for the homeless and others in need. Since opening, the house has served 48,000 meals and provided 3,000 showers.

Founder: Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a journalist- turned-social activist who founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 with Peter Maurin. They promoted non- violence in the pursuit of justice and hospitality for the impoverished. There are more than 180 Catholic Worker houses worldwide.

Hospitality: Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for guests. Dinner takes a crew of 12 to prepare, cook, serve and clean up. Meals are provided by a variety of individuals, organizations and businesses, including Ursuline and Humility of Mary associates, St. Elizabeth Heath Center, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Angenetta’s cafe and bakery and a group of doctors. Free showers are available from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays; volunteer monitors are Mary Grace Manning, Ceil Schlosser and Shelly Semko. Movies are at 2 p.m. Mondays.

At the roundtable: Discussions of social-justice topics are at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month.

Prayer: Prayer or Mass is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Volunteer opportunities: Needed are cooks, servers and cleanup crew for meals, shower monitors, in the garden and for canning. A gardening work day is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 3.

Donations: Items needed include siding, asphalt repair, T-shirts, briefs, socks, coffee, commercial food processor and financial support. Jack White of Vinylume Products, Youngstown, recently donated half the windows in the house, and a grant from the Crandall Foundation paid for the other half.

Budget: Sister Ann said the 2013 budget is $50,000, which is used mainly for utilities and maintenance.

Contact information: Call 330-743-1409 or visit

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