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

Apr 05, 2021

Cooking at GLIDE

Chef Wing reflects on 10 years in the Daily Free Meals program

Cho Wing is approaching his tenth anniversary with GLIDE as a loved and valued member of our Daily Free Meals team. To mark the occasion, Chef Wing offers the following words on his journey. We are blessed to have him as a colleague and friend and deeply grateful for all he ...

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Dec-20-2019

Tough Love? Actually, a Harm Reduction Approach Works Better

The following thoughts from GLIDE’s Director of Harm Reduction Services Paul Harkin come in response to a frequent assertion by people addressing the crisis of drug use on our streets: that offering support to those who use drugs only encourages them to keep on using, thereby only adding to the problem, and that only abstinence-based,...


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Nov-19-2019

Bridging the Civil Justice Gap

GLIDE’s Unconditional Legal Clinic When Gary woke up in a Daly City hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage, a hospital administrator informed him that his car had been towed. Unable to leave his hospital bed, Gary called the tow company to explain why he was unable to move his car. But despite explaining that he...


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Nov-14-2019

“Go Wherever Our People Are”

With a new mobile testing and outreach van, GLIDE joins the OPT-IN effort to connect the most vulnerable to services On a remote stretch of road just west on the Third Street artery that runs through San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, a young man is about to receive life-saving treatment. The setting is anything but residential...


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Oct-25-2019

Rita Shimmin, beloved Executive Director, on her retirement after 17 years at GLIDE

Join us for a special GLIDE Sunday Celebration at GLIDE Church on Sunday, October 27, 2019. We’ll hear from Minister Marvin K. White, Isoke Femi and Rita herself as we celebrate, honor and pay tribute to her work at GLIDE. RSVP and Invite Your Friends! “You Are GLIDE. I Am GLIDE. Without Exception, We Are...


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Oct-11-2019

Native Voices, Common Cause

GLIDE celebrates Native leadership on the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation We hope you will join us at 9:00 am this Sunday, October 13th, at GLIDE Church for a very special Celebration. In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Marin Theatre Company will be presenting a scene from the powerful play Sovereignty by playwright,...


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Oct-07-2019

“Keeping It Going”

Edna Webster Coleman’s remarkable life in the struggle for social justice GLIDE’s Annual Fund manager Hallie Brignall spoke recently with Edna Webster, a longtime GLIDE community member and Bay Area educator and activist who has designated a portion of her estate for GLIDE and its work on behalf of the community. In the following account,...


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Oct-03-2019

Latinx Heritage Month: A Mother, Daughter and Educator – Gregoria Cahill

In May of 2019, Gregoria Cahill received her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, and as she walked the stage and received her honors it vindicated the winding path of her pursuit of education and self-improvement. “I remember my mom would tell me to get...


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Jul-26-2019

A Brief History of GLIDE’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Fifty years ago, congregants from GLIDE Church organized a potluck for their hungry neighbors in the Tenderloin. Their pastor, Rev. Cecil Williams, GLIDE’s Co-founder and Minister of Liberation, requested fried chicken—a staple of any festive gathering in the African American community of his youth. That’s the origin of what has come to be known as...


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Jul-18-2019

On Practitioners and Practice – A Celebration Sermon

Whenever someone within my faith tradition has overcome something that seemed otherwise insurmountable, has been cured from something that had death as the prognosis, or survived something that no one has ever walked away from, my people say, “Somebody, surely, must have been praying for you.” I believe that we are all the recipients, the...


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