Where is the house?
We are located at 4848 International Blvd, near the corner of International Boulevard and 50th Avenue in East Oakland. Our house is the two-story building with a beautiful ground to roof top mural on the front of the building - it's hard to miss!
Who is at the house?
Latin American immigrants and refugees and some volunteers. New guests show up frequently, seeking a place to live. Often they find us through nearby churches that know us, family, friends, former guests, and other community organizations. Our guests stay with us for an average of one to four months. We provide housing for men, women, and families. Each guest has his/her own room and we share common spaces such as the kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and living room. In addition to providing the basic necessities of food and housing, we also offer community through everyday activities such as sharing stories and music, eating dinner together, helping with chores and cooking, and maintenance of the house. Also, we refer our guests to other local organizations that help them with medical, legal, and employment options.
What is the community outreach?
Every Wednesday we cook a pot of beans for day laborers and take it to our friends at the Street Level Health Project. It's one way that we show our solidarity with other organizations that are serving those living on the margins in the Fruitvale area!
Every Thursday we have a food distribution from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, for people in the neighborhood. We hand out around 200 - 250 bags of food to a diverse group of people. All of the food comes from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and other donations. We usually have fresh produce (whatever is in season and available from the food bank) and breads that are donated by Whole Foods Market in Berkeley. If you are in their store, make sure you thank them for sharing their bounty with the Oakland Catholic Worker!
On Monday's we offer ESL classes for our guests and friends in the neighborhood. The classes are taught by dedicated volunteers and we can always use conversation partners if you are interested in helping out!
We also partner with CRECE (The Central American Refugee Committee of the East Bay). CRECE runs a youth soccer league and also runs an off-site food distribution program.
We host a space for "Colectivelo" a group of urban bike enthusiasts who offer bike repair and safety workshops and an Earn A Bike program. People looking to earn a bike must complete some volunteer hours in addition to attending the workshops where you will learn how to repair/rebuild a bike form the wheels up. Colectivelo is open most Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Throughout the year we host cultural and religious events at the house. The events are organized by our volunteer staff and members of our extended Latin American community and include Las Posadas, Via Cruces, Thanksgiving, and special Masses. Please go to our upcoming events page to see what we are up to!
I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.