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Welcome to St. Joseph the Worker House

Rooted in the belief that every single person deserves a safe, warm, and caring home, St. Joseph the Worker House is a haven for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.

Nestled in west Rock Island are the two historic homes of St. Joseph the Worker House. One offers short-term shelter and care. Staff and volunteers connect residents with resources that empower and sustain them as they rebuild their lives. The second is a duplex that women and their children can call home for up to a year as they work to achieve their dreams of self-sufficiency and independence.

With a community of people committed to mercy, justice, and love, St. Joseph the Worker House is grounded in hope and the restoration of lives.

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A bright-blue, three story home in Rock Island's historic Broadway District welcomes women and children for stays of up to three months. It is here, at Martha House, they settle into routines while healing and overcoming challenging circumstances. Several blocks away is a brick duplex where the families who are successful at Martha House can live for up to a year in a more independent setting. Learn more


For years, inspired by the Catholic Worker Movement and Dorothy Day, the Martha House was a place of refuge for countless people who came to its door. This concept continues today, as we honor a spirit of social justice and advocacy for our community's most vulnerable. While St. Joseph the Worker House is nondenominational and nonprofit, the faith-filled tenants of hospitality remain. Learn more