Community Breakfast

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. (Additionally, we serve a daily warm breakfast at the Berkeley Veteran’s Memorial Building for shelter residents.)

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We serve breakfast six out of seven mornings a week to Berkeley’s low-income, homeless, and transient residents. We aim to foster a community environment in which our guests, our volunteers, and our visitors can find solidarity over a bowl of steaming oatmeal, a cup of hot coffee, and a little cordial conversation. On any given day of the week we serve upwards of one hundred people in need.

Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS)

The City of Berkeley, local churches, donors and charitable foundations, and Dorothy Day House have collaborated each winter to provide a warm, dry and peaceful place where our homeless neighbors can bed down on those nights when extreme cold or wet weather is expected.

THIS CURRENT 2017 – 2018 WINTER: In collaboration with the City of Berkeley, Dorothy Day House opened up its winter shelter on Saturday December 23, 2017 at 1925 University Avenue (at 9th Street). The Shelter will open EVERY NIGHT at 6:00 PM – through August 31, 2018. This City of Berkeley – owned building accommodates up to 90 overnight guests, providing them with a safe, warm, dry place to spend the night.

Holiday Season Services

In collaborations with our community partners, we reach out to 500 homeless Berkeley residents each holiday season with tangible support in the form of sleeping bags, warm clothing, personal care items, special meals, and general good cheer.


Our community outreach effort is all about bringing people and resources together to serve those most in-need in Berkeley. Some folks want to volunteer and are looking for a way to plug in. Others have access to useful equipment, supplies, and other resources, and want support in directing those resources to people in-need effectively. Still others seek to amplify existing programs and to plan better-coordinated services for our homeless and low-income Berkeleyans.