Poetry Makes a Difference

 

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Thirteen women. Different backgrounds. Different outlooks. Different lifestyles. But all in the same room, writing. Writing to tell a story. Through symbolism, art and passion came poems.

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GLIDE Harm Reduction Volunteering

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I began working in the Tenderloin two years ago when I started at Zendesk. Walking to work, I would often see used needles discarded in forgotten nooks or occasionally a person shooting up in between cars or in a back alley. I have a background in public health, and for me these sightings are not only shocking and despairing but also represent a greater public health issue for our community. Conceptually, I understand that sharing of syringes – a common practice for injection drug users – increases the spread of infectious disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C. This has greater negative social and economic impacts on our neighborhood. Even knowing this, however, I struggle with the problem of how I personally can be of help. Read more ›

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USING POETRY TO OVERCOME FEAR: Angela Coleman

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Angela Coleman, Case Manager at the GLIDE Walk-In Center, newest appointee to San Francisco’s Reentry Council and Poet.

Angela Coleman, Case Manager at the GLIDE Walk-In Center, has a lot to celebrate. As the newest appointee to the San Francisco Reentry Council, Angela looks forward to helping formerly incarcerated people reach their potential as they readjust to life outside prison. “The appointment to the Reentry Council is a very humbling opportunity and I am grateful to have been chosen for this seat. I have worked in some capacity of Reentry since 2004 as a resident in Walden House,” she said. Read more ›

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GLIDE Partners with Adaptive Path and Roonga to Launch the GLIDE Goods Store

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By Jake Bodden, Marketing and Communications Director, GLIDE

In April, GLIDE unveiled a prototype of GLIDE Goods, a no-cost store offering everyday necessities to those in need while informally engaging individuals and families who might benefit from other GLIDE programs. Set inside Freedom Hall in GLIDE’s 330 Ellis Street building, and due to open permanently in May, GLIDE Goods has emerged from a productive partnership with the community-focused, mission-driven design group Adaptive Path (www.adaptivepath.com) Read more ›

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We Shall Overcome—NOW!

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by Rev. Theon Johnson III, Associate Pastor


We shall overcome. We shall overcome.
We shall overcome some day.
Deep in my heart I do believe.
We shall overcome some day.

Popularized during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history, this protest song was a central anthem in the struggle for freedom and equality known as the Civil Rights Movement. If you’ve ever attended a Sunday Celebration at GLIDE, you know this song. An adaptation of We Shall Overcome is lifted with joy and hope–signaling both the end of Celebration and the beginning of our invitation to go into the world as agents of GLIDE’s mission and values.
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A Family Embraced

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GLIDE means so much to so many people in need: a free meal or legal advice; HIV/Hep C testing and treatment; access to temporary or permanent housing; a warm embrace, or nurturing of the soul with hope and joy at Sunday Celebration. A lesser-known but equally vital program among GLIDE’s myriad offerings is the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) which offers afterschool and summer care for K–5 students as well as licensed childcare for toddlers. Not only do the children benefit from participating in wonderfully diverse, multilingual literacy, arts and wellness programs—all shepherded by a cadre of caring teachers dedicated to the highest-quality programs—but in addition, their parents and guardians are able to hold full-time jobs or attend school themselves while knowing that their children are safe and secure among supportive peers and educators at FYCC.

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Never Give Up

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Former GLIDE client and current GLIDE team member, EARL WATSON

I have struggled my whole life to rise above the poverty level and to reach my full potential. For way too long, and at every turn I took, something always went wrong and beat me down. I was born in Alabama, but my family moved to San Francisco when I was very young. I was raised in the projects by my single mother, who instilled in me the importance of always working. “No matter your station in life, no matter what the pay is, just keep moving forward and never give up,” she used to say to me. I was also inspired by my hard-working grandfather. He was always busy on a job of some kind, tinkering around the house or sometimes cooking a tasty meal. Hard, honest work was the essence of what I wanted in life.

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Lauren, our Volunteer Program Coordinator, and Hilary, Development Associate, are on the way to @drafthousesf to see Under the Gun at #SFIFF! @sf_filmsociety Thank you @zendesk for all your great volunteer work with the GLIDE Harm Reduction Team! D'wayne Wiggins of @tonytonitoneofficial and Betty Cantor-Jackson of Grateful Dead fame! So blessed to have them with us! #glidetalk #icons A mini-high school reunion at a #GLIDEtalk? Naturally!

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