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

Jun 25, 2022

Now More Than Ever – GLIDE is Pride

Pride month is an extraordinary time, and the related festivities this June mark the first time in two years that we can all come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. For decades, GLIDE has stood up for, sat in for, marched in the streets for - and opened its arms and doors widely - for the LGBTQ+ community. I am honored to be part of an organization with such a remarkable legacy of LGBTQ+ commitment and advocacy.  

During this month of Pride, I am fee...

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Feb-12-2018

Safe Injection Sites Are Coming to San Francisco

Paul Harkin on what you need to know This month, Barbara Garcia, director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, announced that the city was looking to pilot two Safe Injection Sites (SIS) for intravenous drug users as early as July 1. This announcement comes amid a spiraling opioid crisis that has encouraged many city leaders...


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Feb-02-2018

"Just as meaningful as any meal"

At one point in my life I was “designer guy in Laguna Beach” with a fancy house and a fancy car. I had all of this stuff. Talking about this makes me cry. If all of this had not happened, I would’ve been somebody that I don’t want to be. We don’t know what people’s tragedies are....


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Jan-26-2018

Challah for Justice!

Breaking bread with Rabbi Michael Lezak, newest member of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice In July 2017, GLIDE welcomed Rabbi Michael Lezak to its Center for Social Justice. This position, a Rabbi at GLIDE, was made possible by funding from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund and generous individual...


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Jan-19-2018

Sole Power!

GLIDE celebrates its thriving partnership with local eco-friendly fishing company, Pioneer Seafoods If you’ve walked by the corner of Ellis and Taylor on any given weekday over the last few months, there is a chance you have seen a “fishy” operation taking place. Giuseppe and Joleen of Pioneer Seafoods have been hauling a truckload of...


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Dec-20-2017

Eye on the Ball: Let’s End Family Homelessness

Every Sunday in January, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at GLIDE. To sign up, call (415) 674-6080 or email GLIDE’s Advocacy Manager, Ben, at BL@glide.org According to the 2017 Point in Time Count, there are still nearly 200 homeless families with children in San Francisco. In a city as wealthy as ours, there is no...


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Nov-03-2017

The Way Forward: GLIDE and LEAD SF

In July 2017, GLIDE joined a coalition of 15 agencies across San Francisco to launch the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which coordinates with San Francisco’s law enforcement agencies and its criminal justice system to re-route willing nonviolent offenders from jail to services. With support from a major grant from the Department of Public...


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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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Sep-08-2017

GLIDE Stands with All Immigrants

GLIDE stands with the 800,000 DACA Dreamers who are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, loved ones and fellow Americans, including the more than 220,000 throughout California and here in the Bay Area....


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