A soup kitchen and house of hospitality in Manhattan's East Village. Part of the New York Catholic Worker along with Maryhouse and Peter Maurin Farm.
St. Joseph House was founded in 1967 when Dorothy Day purchased the property to establish a store-front soup kitchen that could also double as a house of hospitality and provide a base from which to publish the Catholic Worker paper. Although Dorothy and the paper both moved to Maryhouse when 55 East Third Street was purchased in the 1970s, St. Joseph House remained where the New York Catholic Worker fed hundreds of gentlemen each day throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Nowadays St. Joseph House offers hospitality to about 15 men and women (though mostly men), and still hosts approximately 100 people a day for soup on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning at 10 am.
Volunteers who wish to help with the soup line are asked to show up at 9:30, and are welcome to stay for lunch at noon. St. Joseph house also offers men's clothing during the week, between 2-4 pm.
We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast... What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?