St. Mary’s Center has been a long-time leader in the social justice movement and in advocating for basic needs and the rights of all people. We value educating ourselves and our community members about issues important to us and to the people we serve. Often these issues are highlighted in the news media. Many of our advocacy events are featured in Street Spirit, a publication of the American Friends Service Committee.


March 27, 2015

Grand opening celebration for the new Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland
Residents and invited ghuests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Lakeside Senior Apartments near Lake Merrit in Oakland, Calif.…Read More
March 27, 2015

Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland
“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview…Read More

March 25, 2015

Growing number of Oakland seniors are homeless

Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself homeless…Read More

March 24, 2015

Affordable Housing Out of Reach for Many Low-Income Oakland Seniors

Gilbert Gibson, 67 — Bay Area born and bred — is, like so many other seniors, fighting to stay in the apartment where he has lived for 12 years…Read More

March 23, 2015

Gentrification Takes a Toll on Oakland Seniors

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification….Read More

Winter 2015

St. Mary's Center

Many poor disabled seniors rely on incomes of $877 a month, the amount pad through Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI. We read about the skyrocketing cost...Read More

November 10, 2014

Former convent offers a new home for seniors who had none

The continuing generosity of a religious order that served West Oakland for 10 years will be felt for years to come, with the purchase of its former convent by St. Mary's Center…Read More