December 22, 2011
CONTACT: Denise Lamott, 415.381.8793,

GLIDE Celebrates $250,000 Contribution from Wells Fargo

Grant Will Help Improve the Lives of the Poor by Funding GLIDE Programs

Check Presentation and Open House Thursday, December 22 at 9:30am

Check Presentation, Reception and Open House to celebrate $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo’s contribution will help fund GLIDE’s Women’s Walk-in Center ($125,000); the Walk In Center ($100,000) and GLIDE Health Services’ Mobile Dental Van ($25,000).

Wells Fargo’s relationship with GLIDE illustrates the impact and importance of corporate partnerships for providing a much-needed support for the individuals and communities GLIDE serves to be able to transform their lives so they can access education and empowerment opportunities and become more sustainable. 

GLIDE’s soon-to-be-opened Wellness Center,
5th floor at GLIDE, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco

When: Thursday, December 22, 9:30am

Interview opportunities with GLIDE program participants from the Woman’s Walk-in Center, the Walk-in Center and the Mobile Dental Van
Reverend Cecil Williams, GLIDE’s Founder and Minister of Liberation
Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE’s Founding President
Tracy Curtis, SVP and President of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco Market
Brenda Wright, SVP, California Community Development, Wells Fargo

“We are so grateful to Wells Fargo for taking a holistic approach to helping those in need,” said Reverend Cecil Williams, Glide’s Minister of Liberation. “By funding the GLIDE Walk-in Center, the Woman’s Walk-in Center and the GLIDE Health Services Mobile Dental Van, they are providing the kind of help that can empower people to break the cycles of poverty and really change their lives.”

“Wells Fargo is only as strong as our communities where our customers and team members live and work,” said Tracy Curtis, President of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco Market. “By philanthropically investing in GLIDE, more services are available for the disadvantaged during their time of need. Thank you, GLIDE, for all of the work you do to provide warmth, comfort and empowerment for many citizens facing difficult times.”

“Wells Fargo provides the perfect model for what can happen when the corporate and nonprofit sectors come together to make a change for good,” said Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE’s Founding President.  “We applaud Wells Fargo for investing in our community and improving the lives of the marginalized.”

Wells Fargo has a long-standing partnership with GLIDE. Wells Fargo financed the development of GLIDE’s 81-unit affordable housing complex at 125 Mason Street. Over the years, Wells Fargo has provided the organization with loans, including equity investment loans (below market-rate loans) and has contributed more than $1.8 million in grants. Additionally, over the last eight years, Wells Fargo team members have volunteered more than 500 hours at GLIDE, participating in activities such as serving meals at Mo’s Kitchen inside the church.


GLIDE’S WOMAN’S WALK-IN CENTER is a domestic violence program with a unique approach to transforming lives by providing holistic healing; addressing emotions, mind, body, spirit and relationships. Their services are designed to help women who face intimate partner violence, and associated concerns such as co-dependence, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.  GLIDE moves survivors of violence from crisis to confidence, from hopelessness to long-term change.

The WALK-IN CENTER (WIC) allows healing to begin with a place to sit, someone to listen, a toothbrush, and a bed for the night. GLIDE’s WALK-IN CENTER can provide referrals, shelter, and help with everything from replacing a lost birth certificate, to enrolling in benefits, and goal-setting strategies and helping their participants take the next steps.

The MOBILE DENTAL VAN is a tailor-made, forty-foot motor home consisting of two dental chairs, x-ray equipment and a lab -- all the equipment necessary to deliver comprehensive care. Providing dental screening, teeth cleaning, fillings, simple extractions, fluoride treatments, X-rays and dental health education to youth and adult patients of GLIDE Health Service who do not have access to dental care, the Mobile Dental Van is a full-service dental office on wheels.

Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for more than 45 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from serving over one million free meals a year, to proving affordable housing, free or low-cost state-of-the-art healthcare along with dozens of other programs that help to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.  With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance.  For more information, please call (415) 674-6000 or visit

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet ( and, and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. We want to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2010, the Company invested a record $219 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.3 million volunteer hours around the country.  For more information, please visit:


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