The ways GLIDE helps the world…

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director

Yesterday, my 5 year-old daughter asked me to come to her class and talk to her and her friends about the ‘ways that GLIDE helps the world.’  I paused and ask her to repeat her request—‘to come and share the ways that GLIDE helps the world.’   I’ve been thinking about those words since:

One, I was struck by the beauty, simplicity, and elegance of her request.  The work that GLIDE does is simple, but NOT easy. GLIDE helps our fellow human beings. We do the work in so many ways that the simplicity of our message, intent, and work sometimes gets masked, but it is simple and loving.

Two, I was struck by her child-like, yet spiritual summation of our work here at GLIDE.  We help people, thousands of people (nearly one million meals, 15,000 patient visits to our health clinic last year). Our clients, our city, and our world need GLIDE. We are part of the essence of our community and our work is critically important at so many levels.  The spirit with which we do it is contagious. It touches all around us.

Three, I was pleased to hear my young child express her interest in and empathy towards the world around her.  Our message resonates with everyone, young and old. It makes sense, we serve all ages—from toddlers to seniors.  My daughter has had limited exposure to GLIDE, yet has already been influenced.

Please join GLIDE in creating, upholding, and supporting the critical fabric of our world.  Sign up for a volunteer shift, come to a celebration, read to the children.  Join GLIDE in helping make the world a better place.

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Celebrating Rev. Cecil Williams today! Leave some well wishes for the Minister of Liberation in the comments! Better yet, wish him a happy birthday in person at #SundayCelebration this weekend! #unconditionallove #fromthearchives #thisdayinhistory #radical @glidesflegacy @shakasenghor @feliciahorowitz @dnwenig @zendesk @mrdannyglover @goapele @vbozeman @ebay_newsroom @sfchronicle @hoodline “My family had that sense about them, a sense of caring. Seeing people as they are, rather than as we would like for them to be. And so that melded in my soul and in my life. And my pathway and my journey has been to say: I’m gonna be inclusive.” —Rev. Cecil Williams

Today we wish a very happy birthday to Rev. Cecil Williams, GLIDE's beloved Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation. We remain eternally grateful for all that he’s done, and continues to do, for the people of the Tenderloin, San Francisco, and the world through the power and example of unconditional love. #unconditionallove #radical #livinglegend #fromthearchives #thisdayinhistory "Eric understands that recovery takes time& compassion." Learn more about our wonderful Community Safety and Training Team on our blog; link is in our profile! #RealTalk #FacesOfGLIDE photo credit: Alain McLaughlin Did you miss Lillian Mark's inspiring words this past Sunday at Celebration? Don't worry—we're sharing her experiences as Manager of GLIDE's Community Safety and Training Team on our #RealTalk blog in a two-part series this month! Big thanks to Lillian for her loving words and inspiring commitment to GLIDE's mission. Click the link in our profile for the full post. "This role has been the most challenging and soul-saving time for me at GLIDE. It has been an absolute honor to work on this team. We help keep the doors wide open for as many people as possible. We are the extended family for people who need and want it, and they are my family. We are there for the good days and the bad days. The team teaches me a lot. Let me tell you about the other day..." https://glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/leading-with-heart/

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