Vital Life Services Relocates to Former Headquarters of Controversial Your Black Muslim Bakery

Released on: September 9, 2008, 7:02 am

Press Release Author: Lauren Becker/Vital Life Services

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: On September 13, 2008, Vital Life Services, an angency
serving clients living with HIV/AIDS, will celebrate its move to the former
headquarters of the controversial Your Black Muslim Bakery.


Lauren Becker
Volunteer Media Relations Coordinator
Vital Life Services
(510) 504-3460

Vital Life Services Relocates to Former Headquarters of Controversial Your Black
Muslim Bakery

Oakland, CA (September 9, 2008) – On September 13, 2008, from 4:00-8:00pm, Vital
Life Services will celebrate the relocation of its offices to 5836 San Pablo Avenue
in Oakland, formerly headquarters to Your Black Muslim Bakery, with a party and
fundraiser. The gala event will serve as an invitation of healing to the Oakland
neighborhood that remains traumatized barely a year after Oakland Post journalist,
Chauncey Bailey, was murdered, allegedly by a member of Your Black Muslim Bakery.

Vital Life Services is a non-profit, Bay Area organization that offers critical
services to its clients, including: provision of meals, arrangement for
transportation, housing assistance, case management and mental health care services.

The building was completely renovated by its owner and landlord, Oakland businessman
Kurt Zimmerman, longtime supporter of Vital Life Services. The move would not have
been possible without his generosity and absolute commitment to the agency’s

According to Mr. Zimmerman, “Vital Life Services is just that – a vital part of the
community. I am proud to be affiliated with this organization, which addresses the
needs of the underserved with grace and dedication. The staff and volunteers are
truly remarkable. I will continue to do whatever I can to contribute to the ongoing
success of Vital Life Services.”

Peggy Bush, longtime Executive Director of Vital Life Services says, “All of our
work is done with our clients in mind. This move will enable us to maintain and
expand our efforts, and we and our clients will introduce a positive spirit to the
neighborhood. We couldn’t be more excited about our new home and we are very, very
grateful to Kurt for making the move reality.”

Attendees at the fundraiser will include the following Honorary Chairs: The
Honorable Ron Dellums, Mayor, City of Oakland; The Honorable Sandré Swanson, Member,
California State Assembly; and The Honorable Jane Brunner, Member, Oakland City
Council. The Honorable Barbara Lee, Member, U.S. House of Representatives, will
also be recognized as an Honorary Chair, though she is unable to attend.

A representative of AT&T will present a generous donation to cover the cost of the
new phone system. Food and drink will be provided by local businesses, including
California Rose Catering, Buena Vista Winery, Bear Republic Brewery, Metromint Water
and Excellent Packaging.

The event will include a silent auction, with items for bid including a weekend
Markleeville getaway, a week’s lodging in Hawaii, a case of assorted wines and

Vital Life Services remembers and honors Mr. Bailey and will continue his important
efforts to make the Oakland neighborhood a safe and positive place to live and work.

For additional information on the move and Vital Life Services, please contact
Lauren Becker, Volunteer Media Relations Coordinator.


Vital Life Services ( is a non-profit organization that
supports life with essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other
critical illnesses.


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Contact Details: Lauren Becker, Volunteer Media Relations Coordinator, Vital Life
(510) 504-0340

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