Our Mission

We provide nutritional support, emergency winter shelter, and other services to Berkeley’s homeless and very low-income residents.


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)

Starting December 15, 2016 Dorothy Day House operated two emergency shelters nightly, in partnership with the City of Berkeley. More than 90 people every night have been able to find a safe place to sleep indoors. BESS was scheduled to close for the season on April 15. However, 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.