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New Catholic Worker house in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - There's a new Catholic Worker House opening in Dubuque. One family, who volunteered at the hope house, wanted to do something more. Now, what was once a dream is quickly turning into a reality.

Nestled on the corner of Loras boulevard and Bluff street sits a brick house. Once a law office - the abandoned building will soon be a place for the homeless.

"There's a pretty large portion of the population who needs help and hope house is trying to offer services that will hopefully help and give them the opportunity to find someway to help themselves as well," said Benjamin Johnson, who lives at the Hope House down the street.

Johnson and his dad Tom live in the Locust street Hope House. For months their friends Craig and Michele Reeder volunteered there.

"Craig and Michelle would come to the hope house pretty regularly and would spend time with us," said Johnson.

The current hope house assists homeless men and the Reeder's wanted to expand their hospitality.

"We started looking at possibilities for possible places for them to open up and offer a second house," said Tom Johnson.

That's when the brick house was discovered. While the new Catholic Worker House is just about a block away from the old, this new house here on Loras boulevard will appeal to a different demographic.

"There seems to be a couple of gaps here. One is for couples who come in and are homeless and want stay together. Currently there is no agency that offers that," said Johnson.

Johnson says the same goes for young adults. The city does offer housing for men, women, children and troubled teens. Soon 412 Loras will welcome a new group.

"There are a lot of people who need places to go and places like this provide them with that. And i think it promotes a healthier community," said Johnson.

A community that is growing and will soon see new neighbors.

Craig and Michelle have moved into the new Catholic Worker House. They hope to be open to the community by the end of the summer. They are working with the city to decide who will live in the new home.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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