RealTalk Blog

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

Aug 30, 2022

Preventing Drug Overdoses with Medically Assisted Treatment in San Francisco

On August 31, GLIDE observes International Overdose Awareness Day in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to overdose. It is also a day to challenge the damaging stigmas associated with drug use and to elevate compassionate, effective approaches to overdose prevention. Deaths from drug overdoses remain shockingly high in San Francisco – 641 deaths were reported in 2021 and 2022 has already seen nearly 300. Sadly, overdose has been the leading cause ...

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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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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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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....

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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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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...

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“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...

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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...


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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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...