Political opinion from a peace-nik, left-wing independent Democrat
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Know anyone looking for 3 bedroom house for less than $60,000?
Have you heard of the of St. Joseph The Worker House Association in Rock Island? They run a house in Rock Island which offers temporary shelter to homeless women and their children in the tradition of the Catholic Worker House movement. They are very good people doing very good work.
A house which was damaged by fire was donated to the group and the Doris & Victor Day Foundation gave them a loan to rehabilitate it. The house has been completely refurbished and now the group is selling it so they can use the proceeds for repairs and operation of the St. Joseph The Worker House shelter.
The house for sale is at 2317 9th Ave., Rock Island. It is a 3 bedroom house with a new furnace and bathroom, refurbished kitchen and beautiful hardwood floors. The sale price has been set at $58,900. There is an open house going on right now as I write this from 11am – 3pm Saturday, May 20. Or you can contact William Palos of Mel Foster Co. at 309 292 1252.
St. Joseph The Worker House Assn. grew out of the Peace & Justice Committee of the former St. Joseph Church. The group was involved in keeping the Evening Meals program and discussions on Peace and Justice issues.
After Chuck Trapkus died in a tragic car accident in December 2004, the Catholic Worker House 901 20th St., Rock Island which he supported and ran fell vacant and into disrepair. The church group was donated the house by the trustees of the house. The P&J group decided to incorporate as a not for profit and sought loans to repair and re-open the house.
The house is run along the same traditions of a Catholic Worker House, accepting homeless women and their children as guests. There are no fees and no charges for their stay. The mission of the organization is to offer services and programs that would create a healthy neighborhood and revitalize the community and provide affordable housing and transitional housing for homeless women and their children.
The house for sale at 2317 9th Ave., Rock Island was donated by Karen and Malik Khaliq of Milan. A garage fire damaged the rear of the house. St. Joseph The Worker House Association accepted the donation and subsequently received loan funds from Doris & Victor Day Foundation to rehabilitate the house.
Italo Milani, architect, a supporter of the Worker House, prepared the rehab designs and contracted with Teel Builder, Inc., Milan to complete the work.
Board members include Ruth Pushetonequa, president; Vanessa Trice, vice president; Grace Rubalcava Woodley,secretary;Gina Howell, fund raiser; Vince Thomas, treasurer. Other members include, Chris Larson, Galen Leonhardy, Patrick Logan, Luca Luna Terronez and Toni Tribby.
The Worker House is supported by many individual generous donors and grants from foundations. These include Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Moline Community Foundation, Diocese Of Peoria Social Action Funds, First Lutheran Chruch, Rock Island, First Presbyterian Church, Milan and the Rock Island Arsenal Women's Club.
I am a part-time blogger and an occasional Democratic Party volunteer living in Moline, Illinois (part of the Quad Cities). My day job is as a computer programmer with a Davenport, Iowa company that provides software to automobile dealerships.