Our Mission

We are devoted to serving people in need with food, shelter, and kindness.


Dorothy Day House Receives City of Berkeley Proclamation

City of Berkeley ProclamationOn July 27, 2017, Mayor Jesse Arrequín presented us with a special proclamation in recognition of having operated two daily Emergency Storm Shelters during this exceptionally cold and wet winter. From December 14, 2016 through April 15, 2017, our excellent staff worked tirelessly to provide a safe place and a bed to sleep in for close to 1000 guests. Board President Judy Bodenhausen and Executive Director David Stegman were present.

International Students Volunteer during Summer Quarter Abroad

Image Chinese Students and David Edited

UC Berkeley Extension students pose in front of Christ Church. These lovely young volunteers are high school graduates visiting from China. They have been assisting with our 7AM breakfast service and mingling with our guest. The students reflect on their volunteer experience during their summer program at UC, focusing on topics such as mutual aid, resource distribution, and community resistance.

Over 700,000 Meals Served

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 7 and 8 am. (Closed on Sundays.)

Over 180 Consecutive Days of Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS)

During the 2016-2017 winter Dorothy Day House operated two emergency shelters nightly, in partnership with the City of Berkeley. More than 90 people every night were able to find a safe place to sleep indoors. Thanks to an appeal by Mayor Arrequín and the support of a few very generous donors, the shelter on 2nd and Gilman Street remained in operation until June 15. Please consider a donation to contribute to the 2017-2018 Winter and make a true difference in the lives of fellow Berkeley citizens!


We offer a variety of services:

  • Community Breakfast
  • Emergency Storm Shelter
  • Holiday Season Services
  • Outreach Projects


_DSC8048Our 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.


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.

Image Arrequín with Guests at the Shelter
Mayor Arrequín just announced that a generous donation from a Berkeley citizen will keep the shelter open at least through May 2017. (Image by Summer Meyer – April 14, 2017.)

What Your Donation Buys

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.

  • $15 provides a 25 pound bag of oatmeal.
  • $25 buys 15 dozen eggs.
  • $50 provides a dozen breakfasts or 3 people a night’s winter shelter.
  • $250 keeps our van running for a month.
  • $1,000 will help us to replace our ancient refrigerator.