About St. Bakhita Catholic Worker House
The St. Bakhita Catholic Worker community follows the example of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, teaching and living every day the Beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. In partnership with Franciscan Peacemakers Clare Community, we help provide supportive community housing for women who are survivors of sexual exploitation.
We support their transition by building a community of people of all ages and backgrounds who work together to deepen their understanding of Catholic social principles; and we bear witness to these social justice teachings through our work in the greater Milwaukee community. We do this by our living witness and through offering opportunities for the laity of all ages to engage in prayer, liturgy and educational events. A rich prayer life is central to who we are and is offered voluntarily to the women with whom we journey.
A seven-member board of directors is responsible for setting goals and approving St. Bakhita’s programs, managing the financial affairs of the organization and overseeing the work of the program’s director. Through our collaboration with the Franciscan Peacemakers, who are providing holistic support for the residents, we are able to help provide the safe housing and a supportive community needed to enhance successful healing.
St. Bakhita House is recognized as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is eligible for tax-deductible contributions under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We rely on individual and foundation donations to support our annual budget of approximately $140,000 per year. READ MORE