Dear GLIDE Community,
Early Thursday morning, July 29, 2021, our beloved Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani passed away with family and friends by her side. Our hearts are full with both grief and the tremendous love that she embodied. Janice brought fierce courage and spirit to everything she did. She spoke her truth and inspired others to accept and celebrate themselves, each other, and all our differences.
Janice co-created so much of the early vision and the roots of GLIDE’s impact. Her work touched many areas, both in the Church and on the street in the Tenderloin and in San Francisco. She took deep pride in serving the most marginalized communities, including support for women and children, education, recovery, primary and mental health care, job training, and housing.
A memorial is being arranged. Updates regarding times and locations will be shared with you soon. Keeping with Janice’s wishes, a Memorial Fund has been established to support Women and Children’s programs at GLIDE.
Please know that our Co-Founder Rev. Cecil Williams is being held with love and support in this sensitive and difficult time. He and their family remain in our hearts.
While words cannot adequately express our sadness, we will honor Janice’s memory and her legacy by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work she loved so much. We will get through this together.
In love and solidarity,
Karen J. Hanrahan
President & CEO, GLIDE