Oakland Elizabeth House is a residence for single women and women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction or poverty. Established in 1991, our mission is to support women and children in their transition to independence. We are dedicated to creating, nurturing and maintaining a cooperative living environment of hospitality and respect in the Catholic Worker tradition. Each year we serve more than 200 women and children. Our primary role is to provide stability and a home where residents can prepare themselves and their families for what lies before them. We work to assist women in finding educational resources, gainful employment and securing permanent housing. St. Theresa Parish Opportunities for support:
Adopt a Family at Christmas Time
Ongoing donations of clothing/furniture for the House
Volunteer opportunities on Monday nights doing childcare while the Mom's are attending a house meeting.
Volunteering in the office helping with data base management, newsletter mailings, donation letters.
Volunteering to help with their once-a-year fund raising luncheon held at the Claremont Country Club.
The Parish had given grants to Elizabeth house to support the programs offered for the women and children of the house.
Potential volunteer efforts also include: parish groups or families helping to get rooms ready for incoming residents - cleaning, painting, new linens, welcome gifts. Ongoing maintenance efforts are always welcome - painting general living spaces and gardening.