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GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice, dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. Through our integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community, we empower individuals, families and children to achieve stability and thrive.

GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of society’s most pressing issues, including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice.

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Our community is alive with powerful stories and testimonials

I Am GLIDE

“Yesterday was my first night sleeping on the streets. Today GLIDE lifted me up. This morning, everything fell into place. I went to the Women’s Center in the morning and now the Walk-In Center is helping me find shelter.”

Reedis

I Am GLIDE

"Glide is my life."

Crickette

“When I see those lines of people out there, many of whom might have slept in a bag for who knows how long—it’s just a little thing that we can do to help them. My parents were always really good about trying to help out and donate. That just seems like part of what I am, too.”

Giuseppe

“GLIDE is amazing. I love the diversity and the unity. This place is all about love.”

Sincere

"I’ve been coming here for two years - to both the church and recovery circles. GLIDE has taught me how to love myself and overcome negativity."

Moya

RealTalk Blog

Explore some of the ways we’re putting unconditional love into action

Feb 10, 2021

Different Together

Four years in, GLIDE Church’s congregational life group devoted to “courageous conversation” across the divides has learned a thing or two At GLIDE Memorial Church, we practice unconditional love. More than a mere platitude, unconditional love is an ethics. It teaches us that difference does not make someone fall out of the boundaries of beloved

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Jan 21, 2021
GLIDE’s New Director of Harm Reduction Services Juliana DePietro Looks Ahead

In December, GLIDE welcomed its new director of Harm Reduction Services, Juliana DePietro. A native of Davis, California, Juliana comes to GLIDE with years of frontline experience working in harm reduction services and outreach in Portland and elsewhere, and fresh from completing a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University. Last spring and summer, at the outset of the pandemic and while completing her master’s degree online,

Dec 22, 2020
Data for Good: GLIDE and Twitter team up on a skills-based volunteering journey

By Sarah Wunning and Satanjeev “Bano” Banerjee Since the 1960s, GLIDE has relied on direct service volunteers to help provide safety net services (such as daily free meals) to the most vulnerable people in our community. Recently, we have been experimenting with a Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) model, in which we use the specialized skills of