It was a #ReturntoCommunity like no other! GLIDE officially re-opened its doors and welcomed clients back to its indoor dining service this past July 6.
With a snip of the ribbon, GLIDE invited its community back indoors to savor the warmth of our hospitality and the flavors of our togetherness. “We”ll be referring to this moment for the next 60 years,” said a beaming Interim-CEO Malcolm Walter.
Achieving a GLIDE Milestone
Coming to celebrate this triumph with us included our esteemed guests San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, SF Police Chief William “Bob” Scott, Supervisor Dean Preston, and City Assessor – Recorder Joaquin Torres. GLIDE’s Board of Directors, staff, the Tenderloin’s unofficial Mayor Del Seymour, friends and family were also present and our special event was covered by local press, including ABC 7, FOX/KTVU 2, CBS/KPIX 5, and NBC 11.
For more than 3 years, our team of dedicated professionals and volunteers persevered and adapted to a pandemic while continuing to serve our clients three meals a day on the sidewalk outside of GLIDE. Now, this milestone marks a major step forward in our mission to provide a welcoming indoor space for our clients.
Our long-awaited reopening comes with heartfelt gratitude for our exceptional volunteers who play a pivotal role in making this possible, day in and day out. Their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment have truly transformed lives within our community.
Heralding a six-month return to Community campaign
Re-opening our dining room is just the first step in a six-month Return To Community program that will also involve all of our GLIDE programs, the Center for Social Justice, and Glide Memorial Church. Today and moving forward, we welcome this new chapter of compassion and service, and continue to uplift and empower those in need. Together, we are the driving force behind positive change!
In the words of Glide Memorical Church’s Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White:
“If your body needs feeding, GLIDE serves health and social services through our programs. If your truth needs feeding, GLIDE serves advocacy through your Center for Social Justice. If your spirit needs feeling, GLIDE serves faith through Glide Memorial Church.”
Volunteer now and make a difference!
This is a place of hope, meaning and purpose. And when you volunteer, you become a part of something bigger – a movement that is changing lives.
If you can spare a few hours a week, and want to make a difference in the lives of others, please step up and volunteer with us. We look forward to working with you.