We are devoted to serving people in need with food, shelter, and kindness.
Since the start of December 2018, the Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS) opened its doors for additional beds on nights when it rains or when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. BESS moved into the Old City Hall after the City Council approved this as its final meeting at that location. More information is to be found in the BerkeleySide article Old City Hall to become emergency winter homeless shelter.
All this good news is a testimony to the outstanding management skills of our Shelter Manager, our 22+ ‘homeless’ monitors and over 600 individual guests who have stayed at the shelters since December 26, 2017. For more information, call our direct hotline at 510.830-6981.
Our community breakfast is provided 6 days a week, year-round at Christ Church of Berkeley, located at 2138 Cedar Street (at Walnut) in north Berkeley. Anyone in need of a hot breakfast can join us between 6:30 and 8 AM. (Closed on Sundays.)
We offer a variety of services:
Our Breakfast Program needs new volunteers from diverse backgrounds and experience. Each day volunteers offer their time to helping meet the growing crisis of hunger within our community.
(Image Susan Black – Volunteers at our first ever Thanksgiving Meal in 2018.)
Homeless numbers have grown by over 35% since the start of ‘the Great Recession.’ Dorothy Day House is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that has provided meals, shelter, and holiday season services for homeless and low income residents in Berkeley for over 30 years. But with food and housing insecurity on the rise in Alameda County, we depend on the contributions of concerned citizens like you more than ever.
Even a small donation of $15 can make a difference. Dorothy Day House’s life saving programs are made possible only by donations from people like you!
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Year End fundraising effort! You truly made a difference!