Safety Net Services
"We cook from the heart and strive to create a positive and inviting experience that gives rise to fellowship."
- Bryan Sather, Meals Program Manager
BFHP runs two emergency shelters in downtown Berkeley. Our women’s shelter, in operation since 1992, accommodates up to 32 women and children nightly. Our men’s shelter has been run from the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Center Street since 1986 and has 36 beds. The shelters offer those who are homeless a safe place to stay and support to find permanent housing and build income to sustain the housing. The shelters operate 365 days/year, and are open between 5:00pm–7:30am.
- Clean, warm beds
- Shower & laundry facilities
- Access to computers & telephones
- Access to housing case managers
- Primary mental, dental & medical health
(UC Berkeley’s Suitcase Clinic is open for women at the shelter and drop-in clients: Mondays, 7:30–9:30pm)
- Linkages to community & mainstream services
Free Community Meals
BFHP has the longest running free, weekday community meal program in the City of Berkeley. Our guests include those who are homeless and/or unemployed but also many who have housing and jobs and who depended on the program in order to free up income to cover other essentials like rent and utilities. Our community meal is served by our many volunteers and is held at:
Where: Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave, Berkeley, 94703
When: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri* 3:30–4:45pm
*A free spaghetti meal is provided by the Lutheran Church of the Cross on Wednesdays
BFHP’s Community Meal is a drop-in, cafeteria-style sit down meal served in a clean and welcoming venue. Menus are created with nutritional value, dietary restrictions, and – above all – taste in mind. Our dinners are hot and are accompanied by salad, fresh fruit and bread. A vegetarian option is always available.