Robert Lassalle-Klein welcomes Amber McChesney-Young to a new role
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Robert Lassalle-Klein 

Amber McChesney-Young

A Note from the Director

Dear friends,

Over the last 30 years I have had many jobs at the Oakland Catholic Worker, most recently as Interim Director from January 1, 2015 to the present. While I will continue to be involved as vice-chair of the Círculo (our Board) and fundraising coordinator, I am very excited to announce that Amber McChesney-Young became our newest director on August 1, 2016! Amber has been with us since June 2015, and has worked closely with guests and staff in our accompaniment program and as our program coordinator. Amber is well prepared for this job and I look forward to working closely with her.
The last year and a half have been full of many accomplishments for the Oakland Catholic Worker. We now have a wonderful staff of seven, including five staff members with over a year of experience at the OCW (Tom is beginning his fourth year with us!) and two new staff members who arrived in June to help us expand our capacity to serve the community. We have also strengthened our accompaniment program, begun housing families with children, and continued to feed hundreds every week through our grocery and meals programs.
This is an exciting time at the OCW as we move ahead with plans to install a heater, new windows, roof, and external stucco, and continue to see growth in our ability to serve the thousands who come to us for food, housing, shelter, and loving community. We also look forward to celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, and are planning a series of events to commemorate the occasion. Thank you so much for your support, without which none of this is possible. With prayers for you, your families, and those you love from our entire Oakland Catholic Worker family, Bob Lassalle-Klein
The Oakland Catholic Worker may be experiencing some changes, but one thing that doesn't change is our need for your support! Please help us continue to serve our community. Click here to contribute!
Last Month in ReVIEW: We invite you to take a peek into what’s been going on at the Catholic Worker lately.
Top: Guests enjoy themselves at a triple party in honor of Marleni's birthday and two families that found housing. Middle left: The first of many monthly masses at the OCW. Middle right: Barbara says goodbye to departing guest. Bottom Left: Barbara, Josefina, Estefania, and Esperanza make delicious tamales for an OCW fundraiser. Bottom right: Summer 2016 ESL graduation.
Meet our new board member!

Luly Aranda-McEtchin has been a volunteer teacher for our English as a Second Language program since 2014 and works as the business manager for her husband’s dental practice.  She has a degree in Relaciones Industriales from the Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua, and worked HR jobs in Mexico for several years before moving to the United States.  She has one daughter, is a board member for the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, and volunteers at various organizations.

You're invited!

Monthly Mass
Every 3rd Tuesday at 5:30-6:30pm, followed by potluck from 6:30-8pm

Next mass September 20th 
Upcoming Events

Monthly Vigil
Saturday Sept. 3rd, 11am-12pm
West County Detention Center, Richmond, CA

International Catholic Worker Gathering
October 7-9th
Las Vegas, Nevada
Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Keep an eye out for invitations to masses, religious and musical events, vigils, talks, and other activities in honor of our 30th anniversary as an organization.  
OCW Wish List
  • Gently-used van
  • School supplies
  • Job referrals and day laborer positions for our guests
  • Suggestions for low-cost housing for our guests
  • Gift cards to Smart and Final, Safeway, Big Lots, Target, Home Depot, Office Depot or Walgreens
  • Earthquake preparedness supplies (water, first aid supplies, emergency radio)
  • Wheelbarrow (6-8 cu. ft.) 
  • 25 Lb bags of white rice and pinto beans
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Child's car seat (any age)
  • Sunscreen/lotion/chap stick
  • Men's, women's, and children's underwear and socks – all sizes 
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, etc)
  • Garbage bags (33 gallon)
Thank you to John August Swanson for letting us use his artwork in our newsletter! 
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT Copyright 2002 by John August Swanson. Serigraph  38 ½” x 12⅛”
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