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Catholic Worker House

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Catholic Worker House

Short-term housing for teenagers age 15-18 who are working out family problems or looking for more permanent housing, also free English classes for Spanish-speaking women.


Provides a short-term (one week to six months) alternative residence for teenagers age 17-20 who need a safe place to stay while working out family problems, making arrangements for a foster home or other longer term housing. The intake process includes having the teenager meet personally with a staff member who will also contact a parent or probation officer. The house is usually full, so there may be a wait before the person can move in. Staff assist youth with employment, medical care, educational or legal needs or any other necessary services. Usually three or four teens live in the home at one time. Staff also can work with teens living elsewhere. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter. Escuela Para Mujeres, also known as the Catholic Worker Language School, provides free classes in the English language (ESL) primarily to low-income Hispanic women in Redwood City. Classes are held during the day and evening and on weekends at 822 Heller Street, Redwood City. Call 650-366-8315 for more information or to volunteer. Tutoring for elementary age school children is also available. Food is distributed to anyone who arrives at 545 Cassia Street on Fridays at 11:30 sharp (over in 15 minutes). No identification needed. The food is usually vegetables. Families in need can come to the home for furniture (if available).


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 1 block.
545 Cassia Street, Redwood City, CA 94063-2016 37.4841295 -122.2245755 Human Services





Young adults


Age 17-20

How to Apply:

Walk in or apply by phone.

Service Wait Estimate:


Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County