We are devoted to serving people in need with food, shelter, and kindness.
This year, our Emergency Storm Shelter is located at 1007 University Avenue (at 9th Street). In collaboration with the City of Berkeley, the shelter will open its doors at 7 PM every night to provide a safe, warm, and dry place for 75 people who would otherwise spend the night on the streets. For more information, please click on the link to this Berkeleyside article.
On 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.
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.
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.)
We offer a variety of services:
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.