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UPDATE on the Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS)
Mayor Jesse Arrequín: “I want to make a plea to the Berkeley community to help fund the cost of keeping our shelter open!”
Mayor Jesse Arrequín made an appeal to Berkeley citizen on KPFA Thursday morning April 13, 2017 (segment starts 46:50).
“The shelter has been over capacity every single night. There have been 47 or more people every single night, and a sense of community has been formed there. (…) Funds were only appropriated to keep it open until April 15. (…) The monthly cost operation is about $15,000. The contribution to Dorothy Day House, which is the non-profit that is running the shelter, is tax deductible. So I wanted to implore the Berkeley community to help us keep the shelter open, it has made a big difference in the lives of some of our homeless in our community.”
Thursday evening an anonymous donor stepped forward with the funds to keep the Gilman and 2nd Street Shelter open for an additional month. The next day we received another generous donation, which will start funding additional weeks! Please consider joining these big-hearted Berkeleyans.
The feature image shows Mayor Arrequín, Councilwoman Sophie Hahn, and Councilwoman Cheryl Davila after they have just announced this news at the shelter on Friday evening, April 14, 2017.
Support Dorothy Day House with a gift in honor of someone special. We’ll send an acknowledgement letter to whomever you specify in the form linked above. To donate by mail, please send your check to Dorothy Day House, P.O. Box 12701 Berkeley, CA 94712, along with any acknowledgement recipient information.
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George Edgerton Memorial Fund
The George Edgerton Memorial (GEM) Fund honors the memory of George Edgerton and his dedicated community service on behalf of those most in-need among us. To find out more about how you could contribute to the spirit of the GEM Fund call (925)519-9881.
(Featured image by Summer Meyer.)