Last updated: December 29, 2011 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Unity Kitchen Community of the CW

(Syracuse, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1970
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Phone: 315-478-5552
  • Address:
    385 W Onondaga St
    PO Box 650
    Syracuse, New York, 13202
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

Unity Kitchen Community of the Catholic Worker is a small Catholic community that is submitted to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church and uses only valid worship forms.
We witness to the unity and sanctity of human life and to the value and dignity of every person from the conception to natural death, which means we speak against all abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, war making, and oppression of the powerless. We express our witness through our newsletter, the _Unity Grapevine,_ through Good Friday Way of the Cross, through public-speaking engagements, and through our dinner hospitality for the poor.
We offer a family-style dinner to 24 registered guests (same guests at every dinner). It is a gracious, peaceful, dignifying sit-down dinner in a beautiful setting. Each table of 6 is served by a nonpoor volunteer who also sits and shares in the dinner and fellowship. We are currently open Monday and Wednesday for dinner and Sunday for Mass and refreshments. Room and board are provided for workers and stipend of $10 weekly and a day off a week.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: no land

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Join Fee: No


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.