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Corona Virus and Karen House

Informational Poster about COVID-19

Handout: Real Talk on Corona Virus

St. Louis Resources

St. Louis- Specific Resource list (includes food sources, educational sources, etc.) We did not create the resource, but has some good ideas!

STL Response is a new dashboard that organizes the many powerful resource guides, news updates, and social media feeds that people across the region created to support their neighbors

Karen House and Corona Virus

We wanted to let you know how KH is responding and what you can do to help.

First, we need some help! We can use LOTS of the following items at the house:

  • liquid soap
  • Diapers – size 2, 3, 4
  • Cough Medicine for both kids and adults
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Disinfectant Cleaner (spray type with bleach)
  • Gloves (if you can find any)
  • Hand Sanitizer (if you can find any)
  • Monetary Donations so we can get the supplies we need:

If you prefer, many of these things are on an Amazon wish list here:

How KH is responding and preparing
We are mindful of two things. One, how to best prepare our home and volunteers for prevention and action, and two, how to help the unhoused in St. Louis as well as our working neighbors who may be at risk (health, job loss, etc).

For the house, that means educating ourselves, and disseminating information to our house, our neighbors, and the community at large, about the virus, and about community resources. We are also coming up with plans in the worst case scenario of quarantine.

For our neighbors and community we are sharing all of the information we have gathered on prevention and resources. (Check our website tomorrow if you’d like to download and use it!) We are planning an outside hand washing station on the side of our house, and we are working with other direct service providers in St. Louis for those most at risk.

If you volunteer with us…
Thank you! We are currently keeping our regular open hours. We will continue to need the help of our extended community to offer services to those most in need, those with the most vulnerability from this potential crisis. We have a list of things in the house to protect volunteers (and that you can do while you are at our house to protect others).

We ask you to use your best judgement about going to all shared spaces, and of course, please don’t come to the house if you are sick :).

If you have concerns about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As always, grateful for the community that supports Karen House!
Karen House
(314) 489-9689

The Future of Karen House: A Message to All Our Supporters

A dream came true 42 years ago. Seven audacious women envisioned a Catholic Worker House in North St. Louis. They created community and invited guests to come stay with them. (The first guest was a woman named Karen). Karen House was born, dreamed into being…. Read the rest of our message here

The RoundTable

Journeys: There and Back Again is now available for download!


Join Us!


Sunday Brunch

Every Sunday at 10:30am

All are welcome to help cook or join us for the meal!

Community Dinner

Fridays at 6pm

A great informal way to spend time with us! Bring a dish if you wish, as well as some music, poetry, or a special reading.

Racism and the CW Movement…

Direct Action on Ourselves: Anti-Racism Work in the Midwest Catholic Worker  -Article in the New York CW from Brenna Cussen Anglada

Lament. Repent. Repair. (An Open Letter on Racism to the Catholic Worker Movement) -from the Midwest Catholic Worker Gathering, 2017


Our 2013 Round Table, entitled “Marching Towards a Police State” included a centerfold about the rise of fascism. It seems appropriate to re-post here. Click the image to download a copy!