People helping people.
That's what Haley House is all about. Fostering relationships. Connecting. Sharing. Backgrounds and hierarchy melt away. We are all one. Moving toward a common goal. Mutual respect for all.
Haley House Live-in Member
What is your role at Haley House?
I am a live-in community member, dividing my time between working in the soup kitchen, running the Thursday food pantry with Max, and scheduling and recruiting volunteers. I also run a weekly music jam with Mary Ashton.
What brought you to Haley House?
I found Haley House near the end of my senior year of college. While planning my 'next move,' I was pretty lukewarm on the idea of going to graduate school or starting the job search, two common routes of post-grad life. Having volunteered at the St. Louis Catholic Worker (Karen House) during college, I was drawn to the idea of experiencing the level of immersion that living and working in a place brings. After finding Haley House on the Catholic Worker website, I found Haley House's mission so compelling that I applied right away. Three months later, I moved in!
Favorite dish at HHBC, Soup Kitchen or Noonday Farm?
At the café it's either the sweet potato and goat cheese pizza or the pecan pie. In the soup kitchen, I'm always impressed by the very adventurous dishes Mary Ashton is able to cook up in an hour and a half during the wee hours of the morning. (Moussaka to feed 80? What!) And at the farm, Beth makes the best daal you'll ever eat.
Favorite downtime activity?
Reading, playing piano, bothering Tomas.
Favorite or most memorable HH moment?
Playing music in the soup kitchen on Wednesday mornings is always so fun. Beyond that, getting to be a part of the incredible intersection of people in the Haley House community is amazing: between the homeless guests in the morning, the seniors in the afternoon, the chinese immigrants during food pantry, the TEP guys during Thursday night cookie bakes, my housemates, all of our staff, and the hundreds of volunteers we get each year, it's very special to share each week with such a diverse group of human beings.