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 90 people who would otherwise spend the night on the streets. This Berkeleyside article gives a very good description of our operations. During inclement weather BESS operates a second shelter, rotating between two locations. For more information, call our direct hotline 510.830-6981.
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.
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.