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The Vitamin Em – Dorothy Day House Project, is a partnership that brings our music to an extraordinarily special, volunteer-based homeless shelter in Berkeley.  The Dorothy Day House offers vital support to individuals in Berkeley and the broader community facing homelessness and adversity.


About Dorothy House

The Dorothy Day House (DDH) has a record of service with over 30 years of quiet dedication and consistency in administering this service and a caring and sensitive approach to their work.


  The vital services they provide - shelter, food, clothing, bathroom facilities, laundry, mail service, a safe space to rest, access to medical care, covid tests and vaccines, drug rehabilitation services and permanent housing. 


Rob and Evan at our first rehearsal for residents in the DDH courtyard.

Emily and Joe with Roshone Atkins, DDH Director of Programs


We need help with this on-going project and welcome any and all donations!   Find out more by clicking on the button below.  All donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!!

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Evan Price and Mads Tolling -violins

Emily Onderdonk - viola 

Michael Graham - cello 

Rob Reich - accordion

Paul Hanson - bassoon. 

"Amidst a vibrant backdrop of live music, people from all walks of life came together to create a beautiful, and unforgettable  experience."

- audience member

Executive Director Robbi, Montoya,  Finance/HR ManagerJohn Gaona and Director of Programs Roshone.Atkins

Making Waves

Making WavesVitamin Em
00:00 / 05:52

JUNE 3, 2023

Civic Center Park

Bringing People Together


We had a great turnout, especially for a first-time event.  Our audience included city council and committee members, the Berkeley Homeless Commissioner, advocates from other cities, and those receiving as well as seeking DDH’s services.  


The concert highlighted Vitamin Em's distinctive fusion of musical genres, including new originals with blends of Samba/Afro-Cuban, R&B/jazz, funk/rock, indie/Blues, and a fusion of Western Classical and Middle Eastern influences.


How Can You Help?

Vitamin Em and the Dorothy Day House are already hard at work planning our next event, scheduled for Spring, 2024. 

Making a fully tax-deductible donation would be a significant help in meeting our $5000 goal to help pay for

  • sound equipment and engineer, filming and video production, photographer, equipment rentals. 

  • promotional materials and administration to get the word out.  

  • the support of Vitamin Em and DDH resident musicians for their work in creating and rehearsing the program


Together, we can harness the universal language of music as a force for positive change, connecting hearts and souls across diverse communities.


Would you like to volunteer for this project?   We welcome any and all help!  Please send us an email and we’ll get in touch:


Thank you so much from all of us in Vitamin Em.

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