Brother Bennos

Uplifting the dignity of those we serve

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What We Do

Brother Benno’s is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been committed to serving the poor and homeless in San Diego North County since 1983. We started as a soup kitchen, but we have expanded our services tremendously over the years.


How We Are Different

Brother Benno's is committed to functioning with the very minimum amount of paid staff to accomplish our mission and to enlist the greatest number of volunteers to help with the same goal. Many of our administrative costs are covered by proceeds from our Thrift Store and furniture sales.

We operate ten facilities. In addition to our main Center at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside, we have eight residences that provide housing for men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, for homeless women and women with children, and for our Servants of the Poor. We also operate a Thrift Shop at 3955 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

The majority of those we serve are working poor families, the disabled, and low-income senior citizens; a small percentage are the homeless.

We are a non-denominational organization that reaches out to those in need. We are all about love, and about building bridges instead of walls.

"Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame,
but for greatness, because greatness
is determined by service."
–Martin Luther King