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

Sep 30, 2021

Zero Waste: Addressing Food Insecurity and Sustainability Together

The city of San Francisco generates about half a million tons of material in landfill each year, a number that has grown significantly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. At GLIDE, the waste didn’t go unnoticed. Members of GLIDE’s Family Resource Center (FRC) and Daily Free Meals Program observed how much plastic was being used to supply food to the community. “Everything was wrapped in plastic, including vegetables,” says Joselyn Barrera, Daily Meals Progr...

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Oct-04-2021

“What We’ve Learned” Series Features GLIDE’s Karen Hanrahan and Miguel Bustos

GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan and Center for Social Justice Senior Director Miguel Bustos participated in the “What We’ve Learned” public lecture series at Manny’s Community Space located in San Francisco’s Mission District on September 29, 2021. The notable series invites leaders from all aspects of civic life to examine what we’ve learned so...


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Sep-25-2021

Honoring Latinx Heritage Month

Hello GLIDE Community, We are delighted to be part of the Latinx community during these 30 days acknowledging and celebrating National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and the cultural and historical contributions of those among us whose family heritages include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America, and Spain. Every day, we support, lift up and celebrate...



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Sep-19-2021

Harm Reduction As Justice: Policy, Courage, And Survival

August included Overdose Awareness Day and GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice and Harm Reduction Services marked the observance with an inspiring panel discussion that clarified what harm reduction is and is not and focused on policies that help or continue to harm. Harm Reduction As Justice was moderated by Director of Harm Reduction Services Juliana...



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Aug-09-2021

A Celebration of Life: In Loving Memory of Janice Mirikitani

Please join us in honoring the life and legacy of artist, activist, teacher and GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani....


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Jul-29-2021

In Loving Memory: Janice Mirikitani

Early Thursday morning, July 29, 202, our beloved Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani passed away with family and friends by her side. Our hearts are full with both grief and the tremendous love that she embodied. Janice brought fierce courage and spirit to everything she did. She spoke her truth and inspired others to accept and celebrate themselves, each other, and all our differences. ...


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Sep-07-2021

GLIDE’s Challah Brigade: Showing Loving And Kindness One Loaf At A Time

For the past four years, a small group of dedicated volunteers have met inside GLIDE’s kitchen facility at approximately 8:30 am on Fridays where they braid, egg wash, and cook up to 80 one-foot-long loaves of Challah bread and hand-deliver them to the GLIDE staff....


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Jun-25-2021

It’s Pride Month and GLIDE is Pride

Dear Friends, June is always a special time at GLIDE. It’s Pride Month, and GLIDE is Pride. For decades, we have been leading with love and driving progress in the LGBTQ+ community – our community. We began by opening our doors when other doors were closed. We welcomed all into our safe, unconditionally accepting space...


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Jun-18-2021

Celebrating Juneteenth Moves Our Nation Forward

Dear GLIDE Community,  Celebration is a cornerstone of our values at GLIDE. Seeing our national leaders align to make Juneteenth a federal holiday is a joyful moment. This historic step forward represents progress towards a new vision of American inclusivity. It reflects a new ownership of our collective history. It is an important step forward...


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Jun-29-2021

GLIDE Hosts Block Party for Men in the Tenderloin

GLIDE’s Violence Intervention Programs (VIP), Community Safety Team, and Daily Free Meals Program joined forces for Men Matter, a wellness and self-care event for men in the GLIDE community. The day-long event on June 18th took place on the car-free 300 block of Ellis Street as a special feature of the Tenderloin Resource Hub in front...


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