The Winter 2018 Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS) is open!

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. For more information, call our direct hotline 510.830-6981.

SPECIAL EVENT! We are co-sponsoring a play with All Souls Parish in Berkeley on February 24. The one-man play is an original play about Mychal Judge, the chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and the first registered casualty of 9/11. 

Find our Invitation to My Will and My Life here.

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.

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.)


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.)