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RealTalk Blog

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

May 09, 2022

The Glidettes: Our Moment of Joy

During the month of May, GLIDE celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage. In this story, we highlight the Glidettes, a delightful group of Asian-identifying seniors and performers who embody GLIDE’s mission to create a loving and inclusive community. 

“For me, dancing is beautiful,” said Li Sucui, “It opens my heart like a flower, and it makes me happy.” At a spry ...

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Dec-04-2021

Center for Social Justice: Advocacy Roundup  

A critical part of GLIDE’s work as a social justice organization is to drive systems change by shaping policies that have the greatest impact on the lives of those we serve. Our Center for Social Justice is influencing policy in the fields of housing and homelessness; community health; racial justice and reconciliation; and intergenerational support for women and families of color. In the first installment of the CSJ Advocacy Roundup, we share some of the top policy issues in the focus areas of community health and racial justice....


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Dec-04-2021

Amidst Pandemic Holidays, Gratitude Thrives  

"GLIDE does everything with a lot of heart. It feels nice to come here and be able to receive something and just be part of the community," says Nelida. It was one of the first chilly and overcast days of autumn in the Tenderloin, but weather wasn’t going to factor into the celebratory spirit of GLIDE’s staff and clients. That’s because it was the day of the Harvest Dinner, a telltale signal of the start to GLIDE’s renowned holiday season. ...


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Nov-23-2021

A Space to Draw: Self-discovery through art forms  

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Toby Simon sets up her tent and art supplies on the Tenderloin Hub, providing a class to the community that is aptly named, “A Space to Draw.” At surface level, the art class explores different forms of drawing and technique, allowing students to build upon their skills. But for many of the participants, A Space to Draw dually provides a space for healing, self-discovery, and reflection....


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Oct-31-2021

Addressing Layers of Trauma with Compassion

One in three women and one in four men have experienced domestic violence, but homeless women in San Francisco fare much worse, with 44% reporting that they have experienced abuse. While the United States dedicates the month of October to Domestic Violence Awareness, it is safe to say that one month does not do justice...


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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 Program Manager. “We wanted to take a different approach to address food insecurity and sustainability at the same time.” That’s why, this past summer, the two programs formed a partnership to introduce a Zero Waste Food Pantry, providing nourishing food in reusable and compostable containers. ...


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Oct-22-2021

GLIDE Voices: Lanie Igtanloc on Filipino American History Month

GLIDE Voices is highlighting Filipino American History Month. We asked Lanie Igtanloc, Director of Family Youth and Childcare Center, what GLIDE value resonates with you this month and why? “One of the GLIDE values that resonates with me most is the value of For the People. At FYCC we welcome everyone; we help everyone regardless of who you are or what circumstances you have...


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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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Oct-28-2021

GLIDE Voices: Julia M. Williams on Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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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