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.

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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.

Emergency Storm Shelter

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.

In 2016 – 2017 we operated two emergency storm shelters between November and June at a number of different locations.  The Second Street Shelter (at Gilman) was open every night from December 15, 2016 through June 14, 2017. The other emergency storm shelters were open most nights between November and April and rotated between the North Berkeley Senior Center, Frances Albrier Community Center, and First Presbyterian Church. The shelters are open to all and they usually operates between 7pm and 7am. Please check back later in the Fall for a 2017 – 2018 update.

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.