Monthly Archives: April 2012

HOUSE NEWS: One last chance at Art for All items, summer plans, and ending a GCW tradition

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

We were so fortunate to have with us last week Ben, Tamra’s boyfriend and a professional photographer. Ben took portraits of many of the people you see around the GCW on a regularly basis. You can see some of those portraits below in the slideshow.

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It was a good, exhausting week. We owe so many thanks to all of the folks who made things happen. On Thursday evening, a group of 25 of us said good bye to Tamra (our housemate for the past year), as well as thanks to some long-time community members who are moving on from Gainesville–Tim, Daphne and Russ, and Kim. Others who will be or have already left include Mark and Iris. We’re so grateful to have had all of you as part of the community over the past few years and we hope you’ll keep in touch and come back to visit whenever you can. We’re so excited to see what happens in your lives!

Thanks too for everyone who pulled off the Art for All sale on Saturday! Under Mary, Linda, Lori and Kelli’s leadership this past semester, the project and sale was a great success! Dozens of folks stopped by this weekend for the sale and to eat pie. And if you missed the sale, you’ll have another opportunity or two this week (see below).

LAST CHANCE ON ART FOR ALL ITEMS: If you missed out on the sale this week but still want to stop by and peruse the items, maybe get something for Mom for Mother’s Day or a graduating senior, here’s your chance. On Monday evening, from 7-10pm, the Art for All boutique will be open during the Green House Knitters gathering. And all day Wednesday, from 9:30am until 9pm, the house will be open for anyone wanting to check out Art for All items. If you can’t come during either of those times, email us at gvillecw@yahoo.com and we’ll work out a time for you to drop by.

MAY-JUNE PLANS: With the end of the Spring 2012 semester, we’ll make some changes to the schedule for May and early June. Of our regular projects, here are the ones which will continue over the next month with the date they’ll end in parentheses:

  • Green House Knitters (Monday, April 30 is last one)
  • Dorothy’s Farmers’ Market Cafe (through Wednesday, May 30)
  • Breakfast Brigade and Friday’s Centering Prayer and Reflection (through Friday, June 1)
  • JustFaith (through May 8, with retreat June 1-2)
  • House Dinners (through Thursday, June 7)
  • Micro-farm workday (Thursdays ongoing throughout the summer, just contact Jade)

We’ll be officially starting our summer sabbatical on June 9 and will re-open the last week of July when our new house community members for the fall start moving in. We’re lucky to have with us former house member Kim staying with us through May and former house member Daniel staying all summer long to help me care-take. For May especially, since we’re losing a number of student volunteers, we can use extra help for both the Wednesday Cafe and Friday Brigade. Let us know by email if you can commit to a regular shift on either of those for the month.

THE END OF BREAKFAST BRIGADE: You might have read in the newsletter that the numbers at the labor pools have seriously gone down this past year, including one of the labor pools we used to visit closing down altogether. Some Fridays we’ve only had a handful of folks at both labor pools combined. So we’ve decided that this month will be the last month for Breakfast Brigade. Next fall, we’ll start a new project to replace Brigade, using the rest of this year to talk with our friends who live on the street about ideas of what is most needed right now and whether we have the resources to meet that need. If you’ve always wanted to do Brigade but just couldn’t make it, you’ve got 5 more chances before the end. Many, many thanks to all of the faithful people who have come done the Brigade at 4am over the past 12 years. You’re special, special folks.

HOUSE NEWS: Busy, busy busy! Join us this week for Art for All Sale, End of Semester dinner, etc.!

Bill, Leroy and Vickie at the cafe

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

ART FOR ALL OPEN HOUSE AND SALE ON SATURDAY: GCW members, volunteers, guests and friends from the street, under the direction of local artists and crafters, have created a variety of beautiful and unique artwork and crafts this spring. Part art therapy, part cottage industry, part celebration of creativity and community–the process and results have been enjoyed by everyone involved. The creations are eclectic and employ skill, attention and creativity to transform used, everyday items into something beautiful and useful. All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. These items make great gifts for graduation and Mother’s Day while supporting the dignity and creativity of the artists and crafters. The sale will take place on Saturday, April 28, 1 -5pm, at the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker, 218 NW 2nd Avenue. You can also view some of the items for sale on the GCW website by clicking here. Come visit the house and gardens, enjoy a piece of homemade pie, and see if there is anything you might like for yourself or someone special. Please help us advertise the sale by spreading the word, inviting your family and friends to come, forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, etc. If you want to help at the sale and open house, let us know!

END OF THE SEMESTER PRAYER SERVICE AND POTLUCK DINNER: Join us on Thursday evening, from 6:30-8pm, as we wrap up another semester with our end of the semester prayer service and potuck dinner. We’ll be thanking Tamra for her service here at the house as she graduates and moves on to medical school, as well as recognizing other volunteers and friends who will be leaving Gainesville after this semester. If you’re graduating or moving on, please come by and join us on Thursday night so we can say thank you and good bye! Bring a dish to share if you can! Everyone is welcome to join us.

GET YOUR PORTRAIT TAKEN AT THE GCW THIS WEEK! Tamra’s boyfriend, Ben, a professional photographer, will be with us during the cafe on Wednesday to take portrait photos of our friends, volunteers, guests, and anyone else who wants to show up. We’ll be displaying some of the portraits at the house next year and everyone who gets their photo taken gets a free copy to keep or pass along to a loved one. Come anytime between 11am and 3pm, enjoy some lunch and have your picture taken.

MMMMMMM, PIE… In preparation for Saturday’s Art for All Open House and Sale, we’ll be making homemade pies in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday to share with patrons, shoppers and friends at the sale. Come help us bake and prep for the sale. Email Kelli at gvillecw@yahoo.com for exact times if you want to come and help.

HOLY CANNOLI BATMAN, THEY’VE PUBLISHED A NEWSLETTER! Yes indeed we have. The new copy of Conspire, the GCW Newsletter, is now available at the house and online. You can click here to read the Spring 2012 edition online. We’ll be sending out hard copies to everyone on our mailing list later this week (let us know if you want to be added). This issue includes info on the Art for All sale, former GCW Kim Hunter’s speech given when she was awarded the Jack Penrod Award for Peace and Justice, a reflection on addiction by Kelli, and the House Letter. Hope you enjoy!

We were really excited last week to have David Keaton, the first death row inmate exonerated in Florida, stay with us at the house. David and his cousin Alphonso were in town to speak on the death penalty at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Here’s a photo of the two of them at the house:

David Keaton, first death row inmate exonerated in Florida (on left) and his cousin Alphonso.

David Keaton, first death row inmate exonerated in Florida (on left) and his cousin Alphonso.

Lastly, even as the semester winds down, we hope some of you who are sticking around can help out in May and early June. We’ll keep several of our projects going through the middle of June and can use help with things like the cafe, Breakfast Brigade, etc. Thanks!

Save the Date! Spring Open House and Art for All Sale: April 28!

Join us for our Spring Art Sale and Open House! GCW members, volunteers, guests and friends from the street, under the direction of local artists and crafters, have created a variety of beautiful and unique artwork and crafts this spring. Part art therapy, part cottage industry, part celebration of creativity and community–the process and results have been enjoyed by everyone involved. The creations are eclectic and employ skill, attention and creativity to transform used, everyday items into something beautiful and useful. All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. These items make great gifts for graduation and Mother’s Day while supporting the dignity and creativity of the artists and crafters. The sale will take place on Saturday, April 28, 1 -4pm, at the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker, 218 NW 2nd Avenue. Come visit the house and gardens, enjoy a piece of pie, and see if there is anything you might like for yourself or someone special. Please help us advertise the sale by spreading the word, inviting your family and friends to come, forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, etc. If you want to help at the sale and open house, let us know!

HOUSE NEWS: Micro-Farm Work Day Saturday! Can you help?

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

HELP AT THE MICRO-FARM ON SATURDAY: We have been so blessed to work closely with Jade Allen and Lynn Chacko’s micro-farm located just a few blocks from UF. If you haven’t been there, you need to check it out. And this Saturday, April 14, would be a great time! From 9am until 3pm we’ll be hosting a workday at the micro-farm–planting, harvesting, weeding, digging new beds, and more. The produce from the micro-farm has been keeping us well-supplied in strawberries, lettuce, spinach, greens, onions and more for the past few months–and our guests have loved all the good veggies and fruit! Jade and Lynn have transformed their entire yard into a working farm, and it is something really amazing to behold. If you’re looking for guidance for your garden or some creative ideas of what you could do in your yard, talk to Jade. He’s glad to offer advice and some help for getting started. If you can make it this Saturday, anytime between 9am and 3pm, let us know. Thanks!

EXTRA ART FOR ALL SESSIONS: On April 28, we’ll hold the second of our biannual Art for All sales. These sales feature the work of some of our friends from the street as well as numerous friends, volunteers, local artists and crafters, etc. The money raised from the sale benefits the GCW and those artists who are homeless, unemployed, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. For the next few weeks, if you’d like to help us recycle, up-cycle or create items for the sale, we would love to have you join us at the Green House Knitters gathering on Monday nights (7:30-9:30pm), at Art for All on Tuesday afternoons (1-3pm), during the Cafe on Wednesday (12:30-2:30pm), or on the next two Saturdays (April 14 and 21, from 2-4pm). We’ll have donated materials ready for you to use and instruction for those wanting to help create. AND… if your church or school or community group wants to help us sell the arts and crafts after a service, at a meeting, etc., we’d love to make arrangements to come and help facilitate this. Just contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com and we’ll work out the date and details.

Thanks to all of you for all of the work and help!

HOUSE NEWS: Some special needs and Art for All sale stretch

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

ART FOR ALL STRETCH RUN: Later this month, we’ll hold the second of our biannual Art for All sales. These sales feature the work of some of our friends from the street as well as numerous friends, volunteers, local artists and crafters, etc. The money raised from the sale benefits the GCW and those artists who are homeless, unemployed, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. For the next few weeks, if you’d like to help us recycle, up-cycle or create items for the sale, we would love to have you join us at the Green House Knitters gathering on Monday nights (7:30-9:30pm), at Art for All on Tuesday afternoons (1-3pm), during the Cafe on Wednesday (12:30-2:30pm) or on any one of several Saturday project days to be announced later. We’ll have donated materials ready for you to use and instruction for those wanting to help create. AND… if your church or school or community group wants to help us sell the arts and crafts after a service, at a meeting, etc., we’d love to make arrangements to come and help facilitate this. Just contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com and we’ll work out the date and details.

SPECIAL NEEDS FOR SOME GCW FRIENDS: Occasionally, we get some requests from some of our regular guests and friends who stop by the house. Sometimes it is help in replacing a lost or stolen item, sometimes it’s an urgent need for someone who has just gotten a job, sometimes it’s a request associated with a birthday, and so on. In the past few weeks, we’ve had several requests from friends who could use bicycles. Two gentlemen in particular need bikes to help them get to work sites as well as get around town. One had his bike stolen a month or so ago; the other’s old bike just finally fell apart. If you have an old bike you’re not using and would like to donate it for us to pass on to one of these guys or others for whom a bike opens up greater work opportunities and easier access to services, let us know. (Bike locks are also always helpful!)

We also have a long-time friend of the house who is in need of a used working laptop. He lives in his car and had his computer stolen out of the car a few weeks ago when someone broke a window to get in. Our friend was quick to point out that it is NOT a necessity for him, but that it was helpful for researching job opportunities, connecting with his family, and enjoyment. If anyone has an old laptop they were thinking of donating somewhere, we could cut out the middleman for you and get it to this person directly.

Lastly, we had a fellow request a pair of size 13 sneakers at the cafe last week. We get in shoes every once in awhile, but I told him size 13’s didn’t often come in. I told him I’d ask around in case one large-footed person wanted to do another one a solid.

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