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May-10-2019

GLIDE and Skywatchers Team Up to Create Tenderloin Leadership Academy

This year, the GLIDE Center for Social Justice (CSJ) along with our community partners at Skywatchers have been proud to create a new Leadership Academy with residents of the Tenderloin. Skywatchers is an arts-based ensemble that has been working in the Tenderloin for eight years with SRO residents, centering performance-based and multi-disciplinary art and stories

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Mar-01-2019

Give an Ear: Why Listening Is Love

Lisa Pelletier-Ross is a beloved staff member at GLIDE, serving as a trusted Community Safety Team Shift Lead. She, along with several other members of Community Safety and the Meals Program, have been collaborating with our Adult Education Specialist Stephanie McNally to record and share their experiences on the front lines of GLIDE’s work in

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Feb-15-2019

Harm Reduction: A Love Story

It’s no secret that at GLIDE, we believe in love, We believe in radical, unstoppable, unconditional love. We also know that love manifests in as many ways as there are people in our community—people like Elena and Zach, two GLIDE interns who are helping to link hard-to-reach members of the community to harm reduction and

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Dec-04-2018

How to Love People as They Are: A conversation with Eric Tatum

Eric Tatum is a beloved long-time staff and community member at GLIDE. He has seen many changes over the decades, and has recently been collaborating with our Adult Education Specialist Stephanie McNally to record and archive his invaluable memories. We are grateful to Eric for recognizing the historical significance of his perspectives and experiences, and

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Oct-18-2018

An Officer and a Mensch

Building social justice mindsets in law enforcement communities With the arrival of Rabbi Michael Lezak last year, GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) has been able to expand and deepen the ways we emphasize truth and reconciliation in our efforts around advocacy, staff development, and community building. In April, CSJ welcomed police departments and district

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Jul-23-2018

It’s Never Too Late (Or Too Early!) to Make a Difference

Kent first came to GLIDE as a homeless teenager in search of a hot meal and assistance navigating San Francisco’s affordable housing system. Today, he returns every Monday and Thursday morning to volunteer in the kitchen, which comes easy to him – he has years of experience in the restaurant industry! He believes little things,

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May-31-2018

From Serving Meals to Improving Data

We are happy to feature this reflection by Precious Listana, Public Policy Fellow at Twitter, on some of the ways that Twitter gives back to the community by volunteering at GLIDE. Many thanks to Bano, Kania, and the entire Twitter crew for always making GLIDE a part of #TwitterForGood. 

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Sep-19-2017

Leading with Heart: GLIDE’s Community Safety and Training Team

The following reflections are from Lillian Mark, GLIDE Community Safety and Training Manager and were originally delivered to GLIDE’s congregation on September 17, 2017.

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Aug-14-2017

Photovoice – A Tool for Community Empowerment and Advocacy

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. — Diane Arbus San Francisco is the land of invisible people—the homeless, the needy, the users, the ill, the marginalized, the undocumented. People who not only fall through society’s cracks, but who are ignored (or worse) by the middle and upper

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Jul-26-2017

A Gender Identity Summit at GLIDE

GLIDE hosted its first-ever Gender Expression and Identity Summit on May 5–7. The idea came from the GLIDE Pride Team and GLIDE’s pastoral intern, Todd Whitley, who designed the gathering to deepen our understanding of issues related to transgender and gender-expansive people, increase solidarity, and hold space with and for people to discuss spirituality in

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Jun-30-2017

Eye on the Ball: How to keep housing, for you and everyone in the Tenderloin

This week, our first of many Development Without Displacement Community Workshops met in collaboration with over 80 residents and nonprofit allies. We talked about displacement and how to create a neighborhood and a city where we can all live in the neighborhoods we’ve been a part of for so long.

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Nov-23-2016

Check-in with Rita: What I’m Thankful For

At GLIDE, we are thankful for the community we create and nurture here. We are especially grateful for our GLIDE community as our nation’s political and social landscape is rapidly changing after the recent election. This week we sat down with our Executive Director Rita Shimmin to discuss renewed commitment to our community as we enter the bustling holiday season. This post

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Aug-29-2016

Let Your Light Shine: transcript of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s final sermon as GLIDE’s Senior Pastor

From Rita Shimmin, GLIDE Executive Director: On August 14, 2016, newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto gave her farewell sermon at GLIDE (see below). After the Sunday Celebration, we gathered to give the new Bishop a farewell party. Both her sermon and the party were filled with much joy and inspiration but also an underlying grieving

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Sep-09-2016

Designing Outside Your Comfort Zone

  Editor’s note: These thoughtful reflections from Nick Crampton of the wonderful Adaptive Path team come as we’re in the midst of a re-stocking campaign for GLIDE Goods, the free store GLIDE has recently piloted with the help from the design crew referenced below. If you find yourself moved to learn more and to help

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Aug-04-2016

Lessons Learned: Notes from a GLIDE Emerging Leaders Intern

Transformation Looking back, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  After reading the job description of interning at our placements 25 hours a week and coming together on Fridays for reflection, I thought to myself, “I can definitely do this.” After 8 weeks of interning here, I would have given my

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Jul-29-2016

A Place of Acceptance: Notes from a GLIDE Emerging Leaders Intern

In the months leading up to my summer internship at GLIDE, it seemed that everyone I spoke to knew what type of experience I would have. My teachers, my family, my friends – anyone who knew of GLIDE would say things like, “Life-changing experience,” “Eye-opening,” “Unbelievably loving and accepting atmosphere.” Maybe it was a natural

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Jun-20-2016

Gun (Out Of) Control

The massacre in Orlando has resulted in the country yet again going into its now too common rhetoric of the need for “gun control.” We have developed a patterned, predictable response to these acts of terror and violence. We even now have a definition for mass shootings: “Four or more killed in one incident.” This

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Jun-17-2016

Come Together

America has blood on its hands yet again. Make no mistake: Whenever political and religious leaders allow a climate of intolerance to fester, it becomes a breeding ground for violence. Anytime rhetoric demonizes instead of humanizes; promotes hate, not love; and gives tacit approval to injustice instead of remaining vigilant and continuing the pursuit of

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May-06-2016

As Mother to Two

Heather Knight’s recent San Francisco Chronicle article “Talking to Children about Homeless” is well-done, and I thoroughly agree with the article’s two messages to keep it simple with your children and to model compassion.  As a mother raising two elementary school-aged children in San Francisco, the topic of homelessness comes up regularly whether we are

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Apr-25-2016

Using Poetry to Overcome Fear: Angela Coleman

Angela Coleman, Case Manager at the GLIDE Walk-In Center, has a lot to celebrate. As the newest appointee to the San Francisco Reentry Council, Angela looks forward to helping formerly incarcerated people reach their potential as they readjust to life outside prison. “The appointment to the Reentry Council is a very humbling opportunity and I am

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Jan-06-2016

Never Give Up

Former GLIDE client and current GLIDE team member, EARL WATSON I have struggled my whole life to rise above the poverty level and to reach my full potential. For way too long, and at every turn I took, something always went wrong and beat me down. I was born in Alabama, but my family moved

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Jul-27-2015

A Great Day in the Tenderloin: GLIDE Sunday Streets Block Party

By Caroline Gold, Amber Zeise, Gabriella Rodgers “People called the Tenderloin District in San Francisco ‘the last circle of hell, because no matter how quickly you drove through it, you couldn’t help seeing the poor, the addicted, the sick, the homeless, and the mentally ill, many of them lying if not dying in the streets.

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Jul-16-2015

NOW OPEN: THE TENDERLOIN MUSEUM

Reverend Cecil Williams, in front of the “Church of Change” exhibit at the Tenderloin Museum. After six years of planning, prodding, and devotion, Mr. Randy Shaw and a large team of supporters has made the Tenderloin Museum a reality. The effort, fully supported by Mayor Ed Lee, has produced a wonderful space on the corner

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Jun-27-2015

IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Rocco the cockapoo knows something special’s going on. From his perch on the comfy chair in front of the center bay window, he overlooks the intersection of Noe and 17th, two short blocks from the nexus of flag-waving celebration at Jane Warner Plaza, in the heart of the Castro. His soulful brown eyes survey the

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May-05-2015

CHANGE THE WORLD. START WITH LUNCH.

CHANGE THE WORLD. START WITH LUNCH. 16th Annual eBay Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett Benefits GLIDE’s Programs in San Francisco Runs From May 31 – June 5, 2015
Visit http://ebay.com/glide

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Feb-13-2015

Somewhere In-Between

Reshared from the Huffington Post originally posted on February 12, 2015 by Felicia Horowitz. Felicia is a beloved member of the GLIDE family. “And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They’re quite aware of what they’re going through” – David Bowie When I

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Jul-01-2014

Be a Part of Something Bigger than Yourself

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, GLIDE Co-Executive Director Last week, GLIDE hosted A GLIDE Talk with Ben Horowitz and Lars Dalgaard as two venture capitalists from Andreessen Horowitz discussed Horowitz’s best-selling book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers and explored the intersection of tech and community. Felicia

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Nov-18-2013

Welcome Message to our Mid-Market Neighbors!

To our new neighbors… We welcome you to Mid-Market!  For 50 years GLIDE has stood in the Tenderloin (TL) and served those in our city facing poverty and marginalization. Our services provide basic needs, a sense of community and give hope to the poor in a City where the divide between rich & poor grows

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Jun-06-2013

Larry Stupski — A Tribute from GLIDE

Larry’s Homerun He watches for the pitch, the release of ball Into the air, and with the perfect vision of his ready bat, Hurls that small sphere Like a replay of the sun  that suspends there high, For eternal seconds to shine Upon us all.                          (May 21, 2013)  We are proud and grateful at

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Apr-11-2013

James Sampaga: Finding a Common Bond

For the thousands of volunteers that serve in GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program every year, James Sampaga, Cook and Food Expeditor, is part of what makes their experience so memorable. His passion and love for his work shines through to all who have the pleasure to interact with him. James, once a Daily Free Meals

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Jan-05-2013

We’re GLIDE Y’All!

GLIDE staff members are passionate and committed to GLIDE’s mission and Core Values. Check out this music video created by Pastor Karen Oliveto that showcases GLIDE staff!

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Nov-29-2012

San Francisco’s Season of Giving

San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee recently launched San Francisco’s Season of Giving – a campaign benefiting local non-profits throughout the holiday season. From the Office of the Mayor: Join San Francisco and its social service partners in the San Francisco Season of Giving campaign to support organizations that help San Franciscans and organizations helping victims

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Nov-13-2012

Truth Telling: To Tell My Story, To Feel My Feelings

by Lillian Mark, Community Building Division Operations Manager Today’s entry comes to us from Lillian Mark, GLIDE’s Community Building Division Operations Manager. Lillian shares how GLIDE has been a place that has challenged her to tell her truth and feel her true feelings. For me, the most challenging part about being at GLIDE is truth

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Nov-08-2012

Recognizing Potential at GLIDE

by Rachel Parikh, Director Sustainability, SAP Today’s submission comes to us from Rachel Parikh, who recently visited GLIDE for a day of immersion and service. She shares the ways in which GLIDE challenged her to see the potential in all people. It was around 8.30 in the morning and the smells of the Tenderloin were

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Nov-01-2012

Wellness Center: A Healing Community

In 2011, GLIDE Health Services (GHS) opened the Wellness Center, an extension that provides complementary alternative care to patients. The Wellness Center adds a variety of healing services to GHS’s holistic health care model under three main areas – Health Promotion and Education, Healing and Recovery, and Movement Classes. Health Promotion and Education promotes preventative

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Oct-19-2012

GLIDE Volunteer – Regaining Confidence

by Jason Quesada, UBM TechWeb This October, a group of employees from UBM, a global live media and B2B communications, marketing service and data firm, visited GLIDE for a day of immersion and service. Jason Quesada, Digital Media Marketing Manager at UBM TechWeb, shares his experience with us in today’s blog! I recently had the

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Aug-07-2012

GLIDE Emerging Leader: Allyson Lam

Can you believe Summer is nearly over? Our Emerging Leaders are wrapping up their final weeks at GLIDE and preparing to return to school for the Fall. On behalf of the entire GLIDE Family, we wish our Emerging Leaders much love as they head into the new school year! Thank you for embracing GLIDE, for

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Jul-24-2012

GLIDE Emerging Leader: Coty Lovelady

Get to know Coty Lovelady in this installment of GLIDE’s Emerging Leaders Internship profiles! School & Major: Birmingham-Southern College, Religion (Major), Art (Minor) What brought you to GLIDE? My college’s Hess Fellow program. I was interested in a faith-based, diverse, and inclusive organization. What do you hope to contribute/learn during your time at GLIDE? I hope

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Jun-19-2012

Teach for America Visits GLIDE

A cohort of around 20 new graduates and members of Teach for America visited GLIDE today to engage with the GLIDE community. They will take the lessons they learn today into the classroom later this year when they are placed as teachers at schools in low-income communities. Teach for America’s mission is to ensure that

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Jun-07-2012

POWERED BY LOVE: Video of the Day!

As we continue to countdown to the close of the 13th Annual Warren Buffett Auction, we celebrate the power of storytelling. Our friends at eBay sat down with a few members of the GLIDE family to explore the ways that telling our story can heal the community. Check it out! And don’t forget to tune

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May-24-2012

Jovan’s GLIDE Journey

Jovan Tate’s GLIDE Journey began in 2009 when she would walk down Ellis Street in the early morning hours, before sunrise, and notice that the lights were always on. Like a porch light left on to guide folks home, GLIDE beckoned. One day, she asked a Security Monitor what exactly GLIDE did, and he responded,

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Apr-30-2012

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

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Apr-24-2012

Thank you GLIDE Women’s Center Volunteers!

By Talilah Douglas, Domestic Violence Specialist, GLIDE Women’s Center The Women’s Center could not exist without volunteers. The Women’s Center is a huge success because of our volunteers and interns. We would not be able to do the work that we do without the many women who have lent us a helping hand. With a

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Mar-14-2012

Beauty from the Heart

by Joyce Sood, Communications Manager Last week, Galleria Hair Design salon hosted its 3rd Annual “Day of Beauty” for the participants of GLIDE’s Women’s Center Moving Beyond Survival (MBS) Program. The women received haircuts, dyes, conditioning, styling and facials from a team of talented stylists as part of their journey towards self-love and healing. Moving

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Feb-17-2012

Beautiful Are the Souls of My People

by Candice Jacobs, Creative Arts Lead Teacher,  Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth & Childcare Center “Beautiful Are the Souls of My People,” an exhibit of youth art from the Creative Arts program at GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) drew inspiration from the Langston Hughes poem, “My People.” The exhibit features art by

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Nov-30-2011

From GLIDE to Australia, with Love

by Ben Lintschinger, Volunteer Program Coordinator Back in April of 2010, a 17 year old high school student named Olivia “Liv” McFarlane visited GLIDE from Australia and took back with her an infectious idea on how to help her community. “I started up a program where people donate toiletries and my team of 4 girls

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Oct-06-2011

Innocent until Proven Guilty

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, co-Executive Director I am serving on jury duty this week. Like most of you, I wasn’t looking forward to the time away from work, the endless waiting.  I was called into the courtroom for jury selection and my dread continued. The judge read to the collective jurors about our responsibility to

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Aug-29-2011

A Servant for Good

by Issac Acosta,  GLIDE Health Services Administrative Intern Humans are naturally inclined to alleviate pain, end hunger, and eliminate the oppression of others, irrespective of people’s race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion. GLIDE is the physical embodiment of this belief and is evidence that this natural inclination has not been completely suppressed by our increasingly

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Jan-13-2011

The ways GLIDE helps the world…

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director Yesterday, my 5 year-old daughter asked me to come to her class and talk to her and her friends about the ‘ways that GLIDE helps the world.’  I paused and ask her to repeat her request—‘to come and share the ways that GLIDE helps the world.’   I’ve been thinking

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