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Dorothy Day House has been serving the homeless community in Berkeley for 29 years - providing shelter, food, and other services to those in need.


Dorothy Day House Berkeley is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that for over 30 years has provided meals, shelter, and employment for low income residents and people who experience homelessness in Berkeley, California. They are our Guests.

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We were founded in the spirit of Dorothy Day, a faith-based social change activist who played a major role in the antiwar, women’s rights, civil rights, labor and human services movements of the 1920’s right through the Vietnam Era. She also co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement.

What we do

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

- Dorothy Day

The Dorothy Day Way
A Rebel With a Cause

Dorothy Day (November 8, 1867 - November 29, 1980) was a journalist and social activist who devoted her life to the fight for equality. At Dorothy Day House Berkeley we honor her efforts by continuing to care for the most vulnerable among us.

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