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Mission for the Homeless, Inc.

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***We'd particularly like someone to run errands, and/or be on call to run errands. You must also have your own transportation.***

We reach out to the homeless of Oakland, CA on a nightly basis. During the day we gather together available resources: food, blankets, and clothing. Our main outreach individual, Vincent Pannizzo, works during the day, but drives a van around each night visiting the homeless on a one to one basis.

Around 11-12 p.m. with the help of two or three homeless we make up bags of food, and distribute them from approximately 1- 4 a.m. or sometimes as late as 6 a.m. You'll be surprised how many homeless wait each night for us. Depending on what situation we run into, someone may need a lift to the hospital, or if in personal distress may only need a few words of support and encouragement.

Read about our work in the August 6-12 issue of the East Bay Express: more recently at

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About Mission for the Homeless, Inc.


P. O. Box # 7194, OAKLAND, CA 94601, US

Mission Statement

Mission for the Homeless is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. We distribute blankets, food and clothing to the homeless seven nights a week in Oakland, California. We visit approximately one hundred and twenty homeless people every night.


The plight of the homeless in Oakland is becoming more evident as the economy has made it more difficult for those "fallen through the cracks". Often stereotyped as annoying, categorized as worthless, the homeless easily become objects of neglect and abuse. If family, society and church remain uninterested and unconvinced as to the inherent dignity of these people, we continue to recognize them without judgment or condemnation. The question that remains is how to address these issues. What does it take to improve a life? Many lack money, housing, food and personal assistance. Very few programs exist in Oakland, and there are obstacles in accessing them. Since January of 1999, our outreach has been an ear to homeless people, treating them as individuals and gaining their trust. This makes them feel that there is someone in the world that cares about them and values them as individuals.


We'll work with your schedule.


14th St. & Broadway, downtown area& Fruitvale district ofOAKLAND, CA 94601




  • Teens
  • People 55+



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