Thomas Merton House, Inc. was established in 1976 to
provide housing for volunteers working with the poor in
downtown Davenport. Over time it has been more or less
an incubator for meaningful projects to address the
needs of vulnerable populations. Café on Vine was
started as a program of Thomas Merton House in 2007.
Because the Café has been the only program of Thomas
Merton House over the past several years, we have now
changed the official name of Thomas Merton House, Inc.
to "Cafe On Vine".
The mission remains the same: To promote the dignity of
each person by feeding the hungry and advocating for an
end to hunger in our community. Our current friends and
donors know us as “Café On Vine”, not Thomas Merton
House, Inc. Our Board of Directors deemed the change
necessary to simplify the donation process and to
eliminate confusion when new donors searched for our
name. The name change was effective March 13, 2017. At
that time, the name Thomas Merton House, Inc. was taken
off the Iowa Secretary of State's website.
Click any of the links below for some of the local media
coverage outlining our program
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