RealTalk Blog

Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

Jan 21, 2021

GLIDE’s New Director of Harm Reduction Services Juliana DePietro Looks Ahead

In December, GLIDE welcomed its new director of Harm Reduction Services, Juliana DePietro. A native of Davis, California, Juliana comes to GLIDE with years of frontline experience working in harm reduction services and outreach in Portland and elsewhere, and fresh from completing a master’s degree in...

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Realizing The Beloved Community

Dear GLIDE Community, At this moment, more than 21,000 National Guard troops are stationed in Washington DC – four times as many soldiers as in Iraq and Afghanistan combined – to ensure the peaceful transfer of power in our democracy. This unprecedented military presence is symbolic of a nation historically divided by white privilege, racism,...


MLK Playlist Monday

On this Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, GLIDE Memorial Church can only do one thing — Celebrate! Overcoming is worth celebrating. Resilience is worth celebrating. Unconditional Love is worth celebrating. And oh yes, Beloved Community is surely worth celebrating. To help you celebrate today, we have curated three MLK Playlists for you. MLK...


An Assault on Our Democracy

Dear Community, Yesterday, we witnessed the violent breach of our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to sabotage one of the most symbolic of our democratic processes, the certification of the electoral vote. While we can point to the President for his calculated incitement of chaos and insurgency, the images we saw streaming from the halls of Congress are emblematic of a much more powerful force and historic division within our country rooted in white privilege, racism and violence.   What we...


Data for Good: GLIDE and Twitter team up on a skills-based volunteering journey

By Sarah Wunning and Satanjeev “Bano” Banerjee Since the 1960s, GLIDE has relied on direct service volunteers to help provide safety net services (such as daily free meals) to the most vulnerable people in our community. Recently, we have been experimenting with a Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) model, in which we use the specialized skills of...

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How GLIDE is making the most of the Holiday Season for Kids

Toy Wonderland, Old Navy Shopping Spree, and more! Filled with uncertainty and change, the last ten months of the pandemic have brought loss and hardship to many families everywhere—with a disproportionate share falling on people of color and those challenged by poverty. Many in our community work hard every day to make ends meet, and...

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7 Reasons why you should join us at the GLIDE Holiday Jam, the best virtual event of 2020!

2020 has been a year like no other. We have all been impacted in one degree or another by an unprecedented health emergency, the most divisive election of our lifetimes, and a nationwide reckoning with the ongoing legacies of racial injustice. However, even amid the uncertainty of these days, there is one thing GLIDE’s community...

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GLIDE Statement on the Presidential Election

Dear GLIDE Community, American voters have spoken. In one of the most polarizing elections of our time, in the midst of a dark period defined by divisiveness, struggle and fear, millions of voters took to the polls to choose a new path. While it is clear that distrust and divisions remain across our polarized country, it...


Something’s Cooking!

Ali, a San Francisco teen and GLIDE volunteer, found a creative way to support her community during shelter-in-place from her kitchen, by publishing a cookbook of recipes from her fellow creative teens and donating the proceeds to support GLIDE's programs to those in need....

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Alabama Pilgrimage

A personal journey through collective history, toward a racial justice practice by Chris Dowd      Immediately after I returned from this year’s GLIDE-led justice pilgrimage to Alabama, social distancing was in full effect. Suddenly, despite the powerful memories I carried, my period of guided reflection about race in America felt overshadowed by our global health emergency....

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