The Service Center is open on Mondays and Wednesdays in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and on Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (less an hour off for lunch). Craig Whalley, our bookstore guru, is in the office, usually, three mornings a week (Mon., Wed., Fri.) from 9 until about 11. Since I (Robert Stump) have taken on other duties that require me to be away from the office from time to time (post office, the bank, the printer, convening a meeting, etc…), you will need to call first to make sure that the office is open when you arrive.
Office Phone: 510-763-0779 (toll free: 800-811-4142)
If you want to visit in person to purchase LifeRing Press books or pick up convenor supplies, it’s strongly recommended to phone ahead, 510-763-1513 (toll free: 1-800-811-4142). When calling, if the office is unoccupied, the call will be forwarded to a message service, where a message can be left. The call will be answered on the next available business day. The office building in which the Service Center is located is itself locked after 7 p.m., so if visiting in the evening, plan on calling again when you get to the front door so you can be let in. Volunteers may be at the office from time to time, so don’t hesitate to call if you want something.
The LifeRing Service Center responds to inquiries about LifeRing Secular Recovery, provides LifeRing speakers, helps with starting new LifeRing meetings and growing existing ones, provides LifeRing convenors with literature and other materials, and performs organizational housekeeping functions. Its mission is “Serve the Meetings.” The office also houses the shipping division of LifeRing Press.
The LifeRing Service Center is located in the 1440 Broadway building, just up Broadway from 14th Street in the heart of historic downtown Oakland, adjoining City Hall Plaza. Look for the Rite-Aid drugstore at the corner; 1440 Broadway is in the next building up Broadway (toward the hills).
The Service Center is a few yards from the Oakland City Center — 12th Street BART stop. If you are coming from Richmond, Berkeley, or valley destinations, get off at the rear of the train. If you are coming from Fremont, West Oakland, or San Francisco, get off at the front of the train. Click for BART info.
Practically every AC Transit bus in the East Bay stops at or near 14th and Broadway. Click for AC Transit info.
Parking during business hours is available at Merchant’s Parking, covering the entire block between 14th & 13th and Webster & Franklin, a block away from Broadway. There are also meters in front of the building and on the side streets.
On Saturdays, there is free parking at the Clay Street garage, directly behind City Hall, across the plaza from the Service Center.
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