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Welcome to St. Joseph the Worker House

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

Nestled in Rock Island's Broadway District is St. Joseph the Worker House's Martha House. It offers short-term shelter and care. Staff and volunteers connect residents with resources that empower and sustain them as they rebuild their lives. 

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 spacious three story home welcomes women and children. At Martha House, they settle into routines while healing and overcoming challenging circumstances through counseling and community connections. 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