Gong Hay Fat Choy: Happy Lunar New Year!

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, co-Executive Director

Gong Hay Fat Choy—Happy Lunar New Year!  I love to reflect in the New Year about what I accomplished (or not!) over the prior year, and to re-set priorities and goals for the future.

2011 was a year of transitions and opportunities here at GLIDE.  We overcame many obstacles related to funding and the difficult decisions to end programming in order to keep our organization healthy and vital.  Those transitions were not easy, but we can confidently say GLIDE is stronger and healthier having made tough decisions and implemented them.  Because of our changes, we also opened ourselves to new opportunities and ideas.  For example, the programs in our Community Building Division partnered with the Stanford d.School (design school) to look at creative ways to improve our ‘participant experience’ here at GLIDE. The collaborative project resulted in numerous new ideas to implement as well as introduced us new ways of creative thinking and experimenting to move ideas forward. In another example, our HIV Services were faced with drastic cuts in the City’s funding. Rather than shut its doors, our program rallied support, reorganized services and added a new syringe-access program and began venue-based testing in the neighborhood to complement our existing work.  All around—it was energizing and exciting.

As we look forward, you have our commitment that GLIDE will remain vital and vibrant. We are a critical element of the fabric of our City and the work we do is crucial to our community and our participants.  In 2012, look for the launch of our new Wellness Center on the 5th Floor, increased integration of our services focusing on nutrition  in 2012—you can see it in action in our Meals program, our Family, Youth and Childcare programs, and our Health Clinic.

As we embark into the new year, it is important to acknowledge the talented, dedicated, and compassionate staff here at GLIDE who make it all happen, each and every day. They do it for the love of our community and the importance of our mission.  Thank you, and Happy New Year!

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
#marchforourlives #parkland #enough #IWillMarch @momsdemand @bradybuzz @sfmagazine @sfchronicle @theonj3 @angelabrown17 @sf_interfaith Today, GLIDE Harm Reduction partnered with @sfaidsfound, SFDPH and SF Homeless Outreach Team to conduct a health care pop-up at a homeless encampment. It was a great community effort and the Harm Redux crew reports that the residents of the camp really appreciated that we were there for them. GLIDE provided HIV/Hep C Testing and counseling. In spite of the rain, 21 people used our testing services, and many more just came to us to talk about their drug use and receive harm reduction counseling.
We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at abrown@glide.org
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
@glidefycc @bayresistance @momsdemand @cityhallsf @100daysaction #keepchildrensafe #safeschools #banassaultweapons #forthekids #ENOUGH #rainorshine

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