On the evening of October 1st, more than 145 guests gathered in the spacious ground floor of the David Brower Center on Allston Way to pay tribute to Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) on the occasion of its 45th anniversary. The group included community leaders like Vice-Mayor Linda Maio, Council Members Susan Wengraf, Jesse Arreguin, Kris Worthington, and many others who — along with BFHP board, staff, donors and friends — came to celebrate long-time Berkeley resident and activist Dorothy Walker, who was being honored that evening for her work on behalf of the agency.
As guests mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by ACT Catering and Cassave Taqueria, they had a chance to learn about the work of the agency from the many large story boards positioned around the lobby featuring color photographs by noted local Berkeley photographer Jessica Eve Rattner.
At about 6:15 p.m., BFHP Board Chair, Dr. Larry Rosenthal took the podium to greet everyone and announce the agency’s intention to build a new multi-purpose service center for the homeless in downtown Berkeley. Said Rosenthal, “The city in its wisdom, and with the great help of Dorothy Walker, have imagined a world where there will be affordable, special purpose housing for the disadvantaged and for the workforce, right here in downtown Berkeley, and we are very happy to be part of that solution.”