September Newsletter 2017

“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone listens to my call, they will open the door to me. I will enter in and I will sup with them and they with me.”   (A song by Rev. Jack Olivier SS)

Dear Friends,                                                                                                             Sept. 2017
Something old, something new, that’s our topic. The old—we have offered scholarships to young people going to college for decades. Our motto is “Education is Freedom.” That’s not always true because some of the most educated men in the world got us into Vietnam. Nevertheless, we do believe in helping young men and women go to high school and then college. This year, with your very generous support, we have granted 9 scholarships ranging from $500 to $9000. Most were closer to $2,000

Nancy is a single mom raising two children and working full time. She is in her final year at San Jose State and we are helping her finish with a $9,000 grant.

Carolina is the first in her family to graduate from high school (Ronnie taught her in the 3rd grade) and the first in her family to go to college. We’re funding her $1,500 with a promise of another $1,000 if needed. This is for tuition, fees, books, transportation and food. Diana lived at the Catholic Worker House for 2 years during high school. We helped her last year with college and will help her again this year.

These are some of the scholarships we’ve funded. There are others we could help, but that depends on your donations. For example, there are three women in our halfway house for women coming out of jail. All of them are in school and each of them could use help.

Something new – Two days a week, Susan and Doug will open a shower program for the homeless at our English Language School. Our schoolhouse is not used in the mornings. So, from 9am to 11am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Susan and Doug will open the house for free showers for the homeless. They will also offer coffee, snacks, socks, underwear, toiletries and laundry facilities. If you want to help, call Susan or Doug at (650) 366-4415.

It has been clear to us for a long time that if we do not provide “affordable housing,” then the next crucial need for the very poor are bathrooms (toilets, showers and washing facilities). Showers are preventative medicine.

As the old and new happens, there are other events happening. We have been granted, via Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, $600,000 for the creation of a new Catholic Worker Center and hope to be able to establish this within the next year to year and a half. We have told our “angel” donor that we will try to come up with another $200,000 in order to make a purchase more affordable.  As Sr. Mary Marceline (my aunt), used to say, “God provides.”

With all of our hearts, we thank you for all of your support and we thank God for making all of life possible. God bless you.

our love,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson, Aida Figueroa,
J. Arthur White, Susan Crane, and Doug Herbek

P.S. A note about Sr. Mary Jane: She is very well. She just got a new hip and is pain free for the first time in a long, long time. By the time you get this, she will be out of the hospital and back at the Presentation Mother House at 2340 Turk St., S.F. Calif. 94118.


  1. Food in any amount.
  2.  Household needs: towels, detergent, tickets to events, cleanser, freezer bags (gallon), foil, shampoo, 8 ½ X 11 white paper, lap top computers and other electronic stuff, Kleenex, hand soap.
  3. English Language School: Teaching Assistants for one night a week (Mon, Tues, or Thursday) to help with either literacy classes for adults, or with Art and vocabulary classes for women and children, or homework club for elementary age children.

If you are interested, the hours are from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Call Pam at (650) 365-6019

  1. A house or money to help buy a house.
  2. Scholarships: We have granted 9 scholarships so far and will offer at least 3 more (at $2,000 each) if we can.
  3. Homeless needs: tents, sleeping bags, socks & underwear, razors, shower substitutes (adults wipes), baby wipes, snacks etc.
  4. Transportation: cars, trucks, RV’s, bikes (locks & lights too.)
  5. Your ongoing love and support.



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