Sustaining Life at GLIDE
by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director
GLIDE stands for love, hope and opportunity for all. We rely on your investment in our values to realize these aspirations. GLIDE is part of the fabric of this City. We are doing important, pressing work to serve the poorest in San Francisco.
I read an article recently that highlighted a report from UCLA stating that organizations who serve the poor are failing at a faster rate than other nonprofits. The same article mentioned that fewer than 16% of foundation grants are targeting low-income communities.
GLIDE is in better fiscal condition than ever before. Like many other organizations, for profit or non-profit, we made difficult decisions to reorganize, cut back programming and prioritize to preserve our mission. Yet, we work incredibly hard to raise funds from foundations and our community and struggle to sustain our programming designed around the needs of the poor.
What do these stats say about our priorities? How does our community value that all of us have basic human needs like food, shelter, and safety? Often, it feels like, we’re very interested in the next new idea or fancy metrics that make us think and feel that we are making a dent in enormous societal problems. GLIDE’s work touches thousands each day—families, hourly workers, seniors, and homeless, all living on the margins of our society.
We are all connected, complex human beings. GLIDE strives to meet the short term and long term needs of our community—whether it is housing, food, or employment. When you are hungry, or need a place to sleep, we are here, no questions asked. We see this as the foundation of our work …to Alleviate Suffering. Additionally, we create tools and support for those same individuals to Transform Lives, through education, housing, recovery programs, etc. Neither strategy will be successful without the others. No one can undertake a transformation in their life with an empty belly!