Hot meals are served and sack lunches are provided to the public six days a week at our Center at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside.
Meals are served Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 8:00 a.m., and Saturday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Families with children, senior citizens, and the disabled are eligible to receive a family food pack once a month. The food pack consists of basic food staples to feed a family of four for three days and is intended to supplement the nutritional needs of low-income families. These food packs are also distributed at seven locations within the Oceanside community. Strained baby food is always provided to those who need it. Diapers, and even pet food, are given out when available.
Low-income families with children in the household, senior citizens over age 60 or the disabled may register for monthly food packs. Documentation required includes proof of children's age, seniors' age or government recognized disability.
Food packs are distributed to qualified individuals at the Brother Benno Center, on Production Avenue, Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.to 10:45 a.m. For other food pack distribution sites please contact us by calling 760-439-1244 X101.
The Clothing Room at the Brother Benno Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. Guests are welcome to take a selection of items free of charge. Items for men, women, and children are typically available. Free blankets are distributed throughout the year.
Clothing can also be purchased at very reasonable prices at the Brother Benno Thrift Shop, located at 3955 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Proceeds from the sale of donated goods go toward the services provided at the Center.
Laundry facilities are available at the Center. Guests may have their laundry done in exchange for two hours of service at the Center. Service includes chores such as cleaning tables, floors, sidewalks, etc.
Hot showers and hygiene items are provided for our guests Mon through Fri 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Towels, soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and women’s personal items are supplied. (Donations of hygiene items are always welcome.)
Our one-chair barbershop is open at varying times. We welcome experienced barbers and hair stylists to volunteer to cut and style the hair of our adult and young guests.
Men's Recovery Program
A twelve-step program of recovery is the proven model for the Brother Benno Recovery Program. This is a three-phase residential program in which members are required to learn ethics and responsibility by working at the Center in service to the poor and homeless, attending AA or NA meetings, communicating with a sponsor, and working the twelve steps of the program. Eventually program members learn new skills, become educated, and obtain jobs outside the Center, while still living in the Foundation’s sober-living environment. The duration of the Program is about one year.Back to Top
Rent and Utility Assistance
Emergency assistance with rent or utility payments is provided under limited circumstances only to households with children under the age of eighteen, low income seniors (over age 60) or the disabled. Documention of age, disablity and income will be required.
Assistance is subject to available funds. Please call 760-439-1244 to see if assistance is currently being provided.
Guests without medical insurance may periodically apply to receive assistance with payment of necessary prescription medications. Prescriptions are filled at our participating pharmacy only.
Mail and Telephone Service
Homeless guests may use the Brother Benno Center as their mailing address and message center. Local telephone calls may be made free of charge. Free long-distance calls are permitted on Thanksgiving and Christmas so that guests may call their loved ones.
Aid to Veterans
A representative from the VA comes to the Center to help veterans with their specific needs. Please call 760-439-1244 to inquire about this service.
Bus passes may be provided on a case-by-case basis for medical appointments or matters relating to court or parole.
Replacement of Identification
Replacement of personal papers such as IDs and birth certificates may be arranged in exchange for service performed at the Center.Back to Top
Children’s Reading Room
Recognizing that literacy is paramount to self-sufficiency in life, Brother Benno’s has opened a charming reading room for children to use on Saturdays during brunch, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The children are invited to read with our volunteers, and they may choose favorite books to take home for keeps!
For Recovery Program Members and Residents in Women’s Houses
The Brother Benno Foundation sets aside funds to assist our men and women who are interested in returning to school. Interested parties are responsible for submitting an education plan to the Board of Directors for consideration. Upon approval, Brother Benno’s may pay for things like books, course fees, etc. to encourage and reinforce the merits of education.
When funds are available the Brother Benno Foundation offers scholarships to high school seniors who will continue their education at a two- or four-year college or a vocational/technical school. One student is chosen at each of the seven high schools in Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista.
Each school is asked to recommend two students for the scholarship, and the Brother Benno Scholarship Committee makes the final choices. The criteria used in selecting students are as follows: they must be affected by homelessness, poverty, or drug or alcohol abuse in their home; and they must maintain at least a C average. The idea is to support young people whose grades may have suffered as a result of the stress that poverty and addiction have brought into their lives through no fault of their own.
Women's Sober Living
Brother Benno's is dedicated to helping women who are serious about recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Please click here for more information on our sober-living residence for women.
Transition Housing for Women and Children
Description coming soon.Back to Top