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Mar-27-2020

“All behavior is learned behavior”

Saundra Haggerty on GLIDE’s Men In Progress violence-intervention program Saundra Haggerty is the lead facilitator and case manager for GLIDE’s Men In Progress (MIP) program, a 52-week court-mandated Batterer’s Intervention program that supports men in acquiring the skills they need to work through their anger and change their violent behavior. GLIDE’s MIP is one of the

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Mar-25-2020

Soul Force

Isoke Femi on the spiritual roots of African American music and the power of harmony Music has always played an essential role in resisting oppression and advancing social justice, including at GLIDE. In honor of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Isoke Femi, Maven of Transformative Learning in GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice, to

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Mar-06-2020

“Transitional Justice” from Kuala Lumpur to the Tenderloin

Reflections of a powerful young voice from the global movement for justice Bee Ling recently came to GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice as part of the International Research & Exchanges Fellowship (IREX) on tolerance and conflict resolution. Having Bee here with us was a rare and very special opportunity. We learned from her, and we

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Feb-20-2020

A Place to Find Connection

Reflections on Client Advocacy, or What Is a Case Manager? (Part 2) Walk-In Center client advocate Nikki Dove says her role at GLIDE is a constant reminder of how hard life can be. “Working here isn’t easy,” Nikki explains. “It’s not for the faint of heart or cold of heart. You’ve got to have humility.

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Jan-22-2020

Hope in a City Without Housing

Reflections on the Complexity and Compassion of Case Management Demarco McCall describes his occupation and its greatest challenge in the same breath: “a Housing Case Manager in a city without housing.” The reality is that case managers at GLIDE must meet the diverse and complex needs of the most vulnerable members of San Francisco’s unhoused community even

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Jan-08-2020

All about the Families

Education Director La Monica Hopkins reflects on 20 years at GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center It has been over 20 years since La Monica Hopkins first joined the staff at GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC), but her connection to GLIDE goes back much further. There have been many changes at

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Dec-20-2019

Tough Love? Actually, a Harm Reduction Approach Works Better

The following thoughts from GLIDE’s Director of Harm Reduction Services Paul Harkin come in response to a frequent assertion by people addressing the crisis of drug use on our streets: that offering support to those who use drugs only encourages them to keep on using, thereby only adding to the problem, and that only abstinence-based,

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Oct-25-2019

Rita Shimmin, beloved Executive Director, on her retirement after 17 years at GLIDE

Join us for a special GLIDE Sunday Celebration at GLIDE Church on Sunday, October 27, 2019. We’ll hear from Minister Marvin K. White, Isoke Femi and Rita herself as we celebrate, honor and pay tribute to her work at GLIDE. RSVP and Invite Your Friends! “You Are GLIDE. I Am GLIDE. Without Exception, We Are

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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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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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Aug-27-2018

Lending Hope

Angela Coleman has worked at GLIDE in various roles for 13 years, and is currently a much-loved Case Manager with our Walk-In Center. GLIDE recognizes the need to work closely with formerly incarcerated women and their families. New research shows that formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public,

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Aug-03-2018

Meet Diane and Pamela: GLIDE’s Meals Navigators

In August, 2017 GLIDE introduced two full-time Meals Navigators to the Daily Free Meals program, which is GLIDE’s largest and longest running program, offering meals three times daily to all in need or some 750,000 meals a year. Pamela Brown and Diane Truong help connect people in our community to other services at and beyond

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Jul-12-2018

Serving Lunch (and Love) with James Sampaga

Welcome to our Volunteer and Staff Highlight Series! Throughout the next five weeks we will be shining the spotlight on a few of our amazing volunteers and staff members in the GLIDE Daily Free Meals program. These people pull off something miraculous every day — three times a day. If you’ve ever joined us for mealtime you know it’s a major operation, requiring

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Feb-23-2018

Transformation Is Going to Happen

Isoke Femi on transformative learning and loving Blackness We recently sat down with Isoke Femi, GLIDE’s Maven of Transformative Learning with our Center for Social Justice, to talk about the inspiration and philosophy that ground her approach to group facilitation, and what gives her hope for the realization of a just, equitable and loving future. 

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Oct-27-2017

GLIDE’s Raija Freeman-Patterson on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. La Casa de Las Madres, a local empowerment program for survivors, reports that

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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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Jun-22-2017

Growing with GLIDE

Jonathan Fennell has worked at GLIDE for over 17 years, and seen a lot of changes during his time here. As San Francisco celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, members of GLIDE staff are reflecting on how the Church and Foundation have evolved over time. We were thrilled to catch up with

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May-26-2017

In Loving Memory of Joyce Hayes, the "heartbeat" of GLIDE’s FYCC

On May 23, 2017, an irreplaceable member of the GLIDE family and essential figure in our organization’s history passed away. Joyce June Hayes first came to GLIDE in 1971 as a church member, and quickly became instrumental in developing GLIDE’s early children’s programs, which later became the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center in

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Mar-08-2017

Embracing Our Power, Giving Voice to Our Possibilities: Women’s History Month at GLIDE

In honor of Women’s History Month, and on this International Women’s Day, we begin a series of posts focusing on the role of women in resisting oppression and advancing social justice. At a time in our nation’s history when overt, unabashed sexism, misogyny and homophobia are on the rise, encouraged by those in power, we

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Feb-28-2017

The African American Roots of Radical Inclusivity at GLIDE: A Conversation

In our concluding post in honor of Black History Month, we offer the following excerpts from a recent conversation with GLIDE’s Isoke Femi and James Lin about the African American roots of GLIDE’s ethos of radical inclusion. Isoke Femi: People who have studied African cosmology have recognized syncretism as a quality of the African consciousness,

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Jan-25-2017

Housing the Homeless Is Just the Beginning

When people talk about “fixing the homeless crisis,” they can sometimes see it in a very simplified way, thinking if we just get “them” off the streets and find them housing, the homeless crisis would be resolved. In reality, finding housing is just the beginning. Many people who have endured months or years on the

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Oct-11-2016

Greetings from Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota

In the spirit of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10), we offer the following firsthand impressions of the current struggle in North Dakota over the ongoing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is on a path to carry 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois, traveling through

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Sep-30-2016

Why I Am Voting YES on PROP 64

Prop 64 is a significant step toward ending the second-class citizenry created by our draconian drug laws. I am a former drug-war prisoner who became politicized after experiencing the corruption, abuse of power and oppression that is systemic in the criminal “justice” system. I am tired of settling for crumbs disguised as “compromise” when it

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Sep-23-2016

Why I Am Voting YES on PROP N

Editorial note: With the following post by GLIDE’s Theresa Calderon we continue a weekly series of opinion pieces in the run-up to Election Day November 8, discussing propositions on the ballot of particular importance to our communities. Proposition N, or the Immigrant Parent Right to Vote measure, allows San Francisco residents who are the parents,

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Aug-11-2016

Meet Brian Wang and Epidemic Ales!

GLIDE sends a huge shout out to the Epidemic Ales family for participating as a Food and Beverage Sponsor of this year’s 7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala. We’re so excited to highlight their support, especially since one of their co-founders, Brian Wang, is also the Controller in GLIDE’s Finance Department! Brian shares his GLIDE story below

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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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Dec-18-2015

Toy Giveaway 2015

December 18, 2015 by Nicole C. Brown, GLIDE’s Director of Institutional Giving Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year at GLIDE. After several weeks in which thousands of toys have been collected, tomorrow dozens of volunteers—led by one amazing TOY LADY, longtime GLIDE church member Laurie Ferreira—will pass out nearly 2,000 bags of toys

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Dec-14-2015

Grocery Bag Giveaway Days

By: James Lin, GLIDE’s Co-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Integration and GLIDE team member since 2004. If you’re a long-time friend of GLIDE, you know that we pack our holiday calendar with celebrations across the many communities we touch. Last week was our Senior Holiday Luncheon, the holiday gathering of GLIDE’s Women’s Center, the Old Navy

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Oct-14-2015

“Tell Me What LOVE Is”

By: Lillian Mark, GLIDE program team member since 2004 This year I celebrate 10 years on GLIDE staff not including the 3 semesters I spent here as an intern prior. During my tenure at GLIDE the people in my life and the people I meet have had many questions: Did you always know you wanted

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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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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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Oct-24-2014

San Francisco’s Proposition J: Into Action With The Minimum Wage at GLIDE

I’m excited to see that Proposition J, the minimum wage increase for San Francisco, is supported by the majority of people in San Francisco and is likely to pass in November. I’m excited because: Every week I talk to people who will be affected by this law, and I keep hearing their stories, like what

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Aug-15-2014

Healing from the Unimaginable

Since I heard of Robin Williams death, I cannot stop thinking of two sentences from my own son’s suicide note: “I know that there are people who will be deeply negatively affected by this, and I am truly sorry.  There is no excuse for what I have done, and I ask forgiveness.” “deeply negatively affected”

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Jan-15-2014

A VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE

GLIDE Co-Executive Directors Kristen G. Yamamoto and Rita Shimmin share their reflections from an awe-inspiring holiday experience! Invited by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Co-Executive Directors Kristen Growney Yamamoto and Rita Shimmin were honored to represent GLIDE at a recent White House holiday reception on December 20. The rigor of the multiple

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Jul-11-2013

Meet Ryan Shipley: Standing as a Voice for Those Who Have Lost Theirs

Meet GLIDE’s Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Shipley as he shares his reflections on GLIDE’s radically inclusive community! It has been two years, but I can still remember the last time I spoke to my father on the telephone. I remember his voice, his tone, how it sounded as if he had already given up on life.

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May-30-2013

GLIDE Ops: Serving Behind the Scenes

We continue our GLIDE Ops series and get to know Eleanor Godfrey, Evaluation and Institutional Grants Coordinator. It takes a lot of dedicated, passionate people committed to GLIDE’s mission to provide the vast array of programming to our community. From the Meals Program, to our Family Youth and Childcare Center, to GLIDE Health Services, our

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May-07-2013

GLIDE Ops: Serving Behind the Scenes

It takes a lot of dedicated, passionate people committed to GLIDE’s mission to provide the vast array of programming to our community. From the Meals Program, to our Family Youth and Childcare Center, to GLIDE Health Services, our program staff meet community need on a daily basis. But what about the other side to serving

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Apr-25-2013

MEN IN PROGRESS – Empowerment in Acknowledgement

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, men gather in GLIDE’s Freedom Hall to learn about the importance of intimacy. “Intimacy is the ability to listen and disclose. To be 100 percent attentive and respond authentically, rather than react,” says Ray White, GLIDE Security Supervisor and Men in Progress Facilitator. Men in Progress is GLIDE’s violence cessation

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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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Feb-14-2013

A Valentine’s Day Wish and Story of Unconditional Love

by Rachel Carroll, Executive Assistant to Co-Executive Director, Rita Shimmin 18 months is the gestational period of an elephant.  It is also what I think of as mine.  18 months is what my adoption process took from the moment I started the paperwork until the moment I held my child.  18 months, 540 days, 12,960

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Jul-19-2012

A Day of Work and Reflection – Community Building Division

Every year, GLIDE’s Community Building Division (CBD) spends a day off-site to learn new ways to approach their work, reconnect, and rejuvenate. CBD is comprised of the Daily Free Meals Program, The Walk-In Center, The Women’s Center, and the Security Team. Often, members of the CBD staff are the first point of contact for our

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Jun-05-2012

Men In Progress: Inspiring Authenticity

Men in Progress, GLIDE’s violence cessation program for men, teaches intimacy, described by the program as the ability to listen and disclose, as a key factor in empowering the authentic self, who you are without your violence. Modeled after ManAlive, one of the nation’s most influential violence intervention programs, Men in Progress is a 52-week

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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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May-10-2012

GLIDE Gets into Gear for Bike to Work Day!

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, we caught up with a few GLIDE staff members, who are also bicyclists, to find out what they love most about experiencing the world from two wheels. Paul: Every day is bike to work day for me. I love my bike, and the freedom and exercise it brings me.

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Apr-13-2012

Smile to Watch the Wind and the Cloud

by William Ko, Accounting Manager Who doesn’t have some unforgettable affairs with eternal gratitude? Who can predict the result? Who doesn’t have an evil spirit in his heart? Or a little bite unintentionally mistaken? Who doesn’t have some unobtainable dreams? Who owes whom more? Who would like to explain the actual reason? Everything has gone

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Mar-15-2012

5 Questions: Veronica Boutelle

by Clarissa Mendiola, Donor Cultivation Coordinator How did you come to GLIDE (why did you seek GLIDE out, when did you start)? As a lifelong resident of the Bay Area I have heard about GLIDE my entire life.  The name Cecil Williams is synonymous with empathy and compassion.  Those two qualities have also driven my

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Jan-06-2012

A Greener GLIDE

by Terry Zukoski, Facilities Director and Green Team Lead Recently, a green designer who did some work at GLIDE, Denyse Jones, approached me to do some green or sustainable advising for GLIDE.  She brought in a team of student consultants, Bay-area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) led by Garrett Shepherd, Project Manager. Denyse applied to

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Nov-21-2011

An Interview with Jaz Sawyer: Musician and Humanitarian

How did you first get involved with GLIDE?  My parents met at GLIDE and were actively involved in some of the earlier programs, as well as their own tokens of contributing to community development. How long ago was that? I arrived in May 1978, so that’s how long I have been involved. I’m one of

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Sep-15-2011

Gratitude

by Lillian Mark, Community Building Division Operations Manager This blog is a tribute to some of the wonderful staff and clients in the Community Building Division at GLIDE who have demonstrated GLIDE’s core values to me by “walking the walk.” June Lucarotti, Case Manager in the GLIDE Walk-In Center 3 years ago, had taped a

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Mar-24-2011

One day at a time.

by GLIDE Staff My younger brother is critically ill and may not survive. I cannot control my brother’s recovery. He has a long way to go. He has excellent medical care and I know he can do it as he is strong and youthful. Yet, the steps are small and often two steps forward followed

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Dec-15-2010

Because of GLIDE…

by Sophia Suarez, WIC Case Manager This year I am most thankful for being a part of the GLIDE Family. Since I have been part of GLIDE, my life has changed entirely. It has opened my eyes to see the reality of life. I have learned that at any moment my life can change and

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Dec-03-2010

A walk with the FYCC kids!

by Mira Carberry, FYCC Lead Teacher, Primary Grades The Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) supports families by providing childcare for children ages 2 to 5 and afterschool programming for students grades K-5.  Today, I am going to take you on a walk through a typical day with the 1st and 2nd grade

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Nov-12-2010

My work here still feels new and fresh.

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director Rita and I took over the co-Executive Director roles at GLIDE only 2 months ago. While, I’ve been at GLIDE for over three years, my work here still feels new and fresh.  As Co-Executive Director, I am energized by my new role and both the opportunities and challenges it

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