Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker Monthly Newspaper
Northern California - Aug. 2008
The Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker of Half Moon Bay has recently reopened. It is a fresh start for the house, which will be run by Melissa Hansell and Tobie Ross. Melissa, a San Bruno native, has worked at the San Bruno Catholic Worker House, and was also a Jesuit Volunteer in San Antonio, Texas. Tobie grew up in Southern California and Louisville, Kentucky. The two became fast friends while working as farming apprentices at Green Oaks Creek Farm and Retreat, south of Pescadero, last year.

The house itself has been undergoing repairs since February, with the help of many wonderful volunteers. It has been repainted, re-floored, repaired, furnished, and cleaned. The renovation will be an ongoing project, like any home, but it is ready enough to start giving again. The house will initially offer housing to the homeless as well as offer a weekly distribution of food and other necessary items to families and farm workers who are in need. The distribution will include things such as: canned food, rice, beans, fresh produce, diapers, socks, and underwear.

Both young women, having worked on an organic farm, believe in the sustainability of growing one's own food. Fixing up the backyard to grow vegetables and fruit for the house and everyone living in it, is a long term plan they hope to achieve.

Aside from these initial programs and plans, Tobie and Melissa look forward to getting to know the community that they'll be living with and serving here on the coast. In doing so, they hope to eventually start other new programs depending on the needs of the coastal community. Both women are excited for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Catholic Worker Houses are mainly supported by the generosity of the individuals in their communities. So far, the community has been very generous. The house has received kitchen items, appliances, furniture, non-perishable food, farm fresh produce, and many hours of volunteer work. The assistance and donations have come from people on the coast and all over San Mateo County. As time goes on, the house will continue look within its community for help and support.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker House, or if you would like to help in any way, please feel free to call the house or stop by to say hello.

Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker House
160 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-6621