Berkeley Food and Housing Project

Rating: 4.44 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 2362 Bancroft Way Berkeley CA 94704 USA

Mission: To ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our community, Berkeley Food and Housing Project provides emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and housing placement with support services to homeless individuals and families. Founded in 1970, Berkeley Food and Housing Project has worked to ease and end the crisis of homelessness for men, women, and children in the Berkeley community. With programs ranging from free meal service to permanent supportive housing, BFHP provides a continuum of care to accommodate a broad spectrum of specialized needs. BFHP assists low-income and homeless individuals with needs and disabilities that are not effectively met by mainstream social services. The agency hallmark is to provide services with compassion to foster a nurturing, healing environment that can effectively end an individual’s cycle of homelessness.
Geographic areas served: Alameda County
Programs: BFHP operates two emergency shelters for women and children and men. We serve a daily meal five nights a week. BFHP also provides resource counseling so that our clients may begin to resolve the issues in their life that caused and prolong their homelessness. We also offer transitional housing and recently opened a permanent housing program for formerly homeless adults with psychiatric disabilities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I moved to Berkeley in September, 2012, and wanted to get connected with the community, and give back. BFHP came recommended to me, and appeared to be the largest, most well established organization for the homeless, and so I got involved.
I committed to one day a week and ended up often showing up 3 or 4 days and applying to work there. I felt like my time was valued, like their mission was crucially important, and that the staff was knowledgable and available. I have loved my time there and will miss it as I begin a full time job in the city...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just started serving as a board member for this organization, and the experience has been amazing so far. I am inspired by their care, compassion, and most of all, their effectiveness. They often not only meet their goals of service to their clients, but also exceed them. They are passionate advocates for homelessness issues and tireless pioneers seeking to improve and expand their service offerings. I am proud and honored to be a part of their team.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am tremendously impressed with the effectiveness of this organization and with the respect and caring they show for their clients. Last year they were by far the most effective organization in Alameda County in moving the homeless into permanent housing and their retention rate after a year was nearly 100%. They offer the kind of comprehensive ongoing support that is essential for long term success to clients who often have multiple risks for homelessness such as mental illness and substance abuse.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting each of their facilities and seeing first hand how they operate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at Thanksgiving to serve meals to the homeless and observed the generosity and respect of BFHP's staff. They sincerely care about their clients and have provided needed shelter, meals and support services to them and are continuously seeking new ways to end homelessness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When serving as a volunteer at Thanksgiving mealtime I was impressed with the selflessness of the BFHP staff and their interest in meeting the needs of the homeless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding so a larger facility can be acquired or built.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long-time Berkeley resident who has been familiar with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project for most of that time. Over that time I have supported the agency in many ways: serving as a board member; consistently donating money, time, and advice; and ensured that all of my friends became familiar with the agency and became active donars of money and time. The services provided by BFHP help clients acquire what they need to become self sufficient (e.g., completion of basic educational needs, withdrawal from addictions) and build a safe and fulfilling life for themselves and their children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

Bad treatment of staff and clients, prejudice to African Americans, they fired all African Americans in management positions and hired whites, Disrespectful to staff, the ED, AD and controller have no respect for their employees. The Board Of Directors either are not aware of what is going on or they don't care. The City of Berkeley should investigate this non-profit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the worst possible way

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fire the management staff and start over

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Absolutely AWESOME organization with an incredibly difficult task - Feed and House those members of society that (right now) can not do it for themselves without some aid.... That aid is provided by the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.

I am and continue to be a contributor/donor

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have helped at the Men's Shelter and think it's a shame to think that they are housed in a red-tagged building.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build new and larger facilities Increase their funding

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I began by wanted to help somehow and only volunteering once a week. After only a few trips to the BFHP, I incresed by volunteering hours to multiple times a week. The staff I am surrounded by have come to know and respect the individuals that come through those doors searching for a hot meal. Eventually, I have come to be on a personal level with many of the homeless men and women as well. It is such a terrible thing to see, so many people without shelter, but through the BFHP, people have guidance in getting on the right track to finding a home and a job.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the grattitude from the individuals who have been able to find a home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise even more in hopes of gaining the attention of even more volunteers for a life changing experience on both behalves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity and the ice breakers that have enabled me to create relationships with homeless members of the community I may not have met otherwise.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, vivacious, and always smiling. They love what they do and they brighten the day of so many that come for an afternoon meal.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of hundreds or thousands more homeless men and women.

Ways to make it better...

I have yet to find a reason as to why this experience has not been incredible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of funds. We are all people belonging to the same city, state, country etc, and there is no reason as to why they are given the short end of the stick due to hard times they may have had in the past.

One thing I'd also say is that...

working with this organization is by far one of the best choices I have ever made. I look forward to every day that I spend volunteering there. It is well run and well intentioned and makes progress everyday.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

BFHP does a lot of good for a lot of people and with limited resources. It houses and feeds hundreds of homeless every year, is a good employer and an essential member of the Berkeley community. As an executive director of another local nonprofit, I know how tough it is to provide community services on a shoestring budget -- and BFHP is a model of good management! BFHP is committed to its mission, always looking to improve and expand its services, and knows how to leverage community resources on behalf of its clients.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...its good management and leadership, its commitment to the community at large, and its focus on client dignity and independence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...dedicated, concerned, able to understand their clients' needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...feed and house hundreds more homeless. I have total confidence BFHP could build that kind of capacity well and quickly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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