For the safety of both our guests and volunteers, we are totally compliant with all current COVID-19 guidelines. 

Dorothy Day House serves a Community Breakfast six days a week, Monday through Saturday. This meal is generally served to people who are still homeless, many still living on the streets.

We also serve breakfast and dinner to our current shelter guests at the Dorothy Day House Shelter.


Shelter Guests and Community meals are now all served in the basement of the Veterans Building at 1931 Center Street. 

Community Breakfast Volunteering:

  • First shift volunteers arrive at 7:00 to prep food for the 8:00am serve time.

  • Second shift volunteers come at 8:00 to serve at the 8:00 meal.

  • Third shift volunteers arrive at 9:00 to help clean-up, unload, restock supplies, and prep food.​

Community Lunch Volunteering:

  • Lunch shift volunteers arrive at 12 noon to help prepare and setup. Volunteers can then help serve lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm and optionally help clean-up until 2:00pm. 

Shelter Dinner Volunteering:

  • The Shelter Dinner is served between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Volunteers generally arrive at 6:00 pm to help prepare and/or setup and serve at 7:30 pm.

In the true spirit of Dorothy Day, many of our monthly scheduled  activities at the Berkeley Community Resource Center are driven by the assistance of the volunteers “individual action and community” dedication.

Activities, Mentorship and Socialization are examples of how you can help be part of this new and exciting path for Dorothy Day House in realizing the BCRC vision.

At the BCRC, we provide on average 50 showers a day, 8-10 loads of laundry per day and storage locker services for 58 homeless
individuals to store their belongings. Our day program also includes
breakfast daily at 8:15am and lunch at 12:30pm. We are committed
to bringing in Community Service agencies for Housing Solutions,
Income, Employment and Mental Health Services, to name a few.

Volunteer service includes:

  • Assist in monitoring the above mentioned services

  • Clean up: House laundry, wipe tables, sweep and mop

  • Minor “home” improvement i.e. bookshelves, deep baseboard cleaning

Volunteer Service Shifts:

  • 1-3pm Daily for social interaction/games/assisting facilitators

  • 3-5pm  Daily for clean up-tables, chairs, sweep and mop

Contact Our Volunteer Coordinators

Dorothy Day House is a 501(c)3 organization. Our EIN is 94-3158511

Send any mail to:

PO Box 12701

Berkeley, CA 94712

Come visit us at:

1931 Center St. 

Berkeley, CA 94704

For Immediate Assistance, Donations of Clothing, Food, PPE, or for general information, please call: (510) 705-1325

Or, send an email to: 


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