Thank you GLIDE Women’s Center Volunteers!

By Talilah Douglas, Domestic Violence Specialist, GLIDE Women’s Center

Zwazzi Sowo and Talilah Douglas at the 2011 GLIDE Pop Up Dinner to benefit the Women's Center

The Women’s Center could not exist without volunteers. The Women’s Center is a huge success because of our volunteers and interns. We would not be able to do the work that we do without the many women who have lent us a helping hand. With a small staff, volunteers provide so much support to the Women’s Center. In the past fiscal year we had the opportunity to interact with over 25 volunteers and interns. We offer ourselves as teachers to each and everyone who helps, and we receive so much in return as well.

Women who have volunteered have expressed that the Women’s Center has changed their lives. Recently, GLIDE’s  Co-Executive Director, Rita Shimmin, shared with me that a former volunteer contacted her simply to express the impact that the Women’s Center had on her. Our volunteers have been able to develop both personally and professionally. Some of our volunteers have been able to recognize and change abuse in their lives, creating behavior changes for themselves and their families. They have supported us with outreach, field-trips, celebrations, co-facilitation, and assisted with program visioning. It was actually a volunteer who came up with the idea of  having a games and activities day (which became the therapeutic socialization portion of our program). Another volunteer saw a need and created a training manual for our future volunteers and interns.  They encourage and support us to do the work that we do.

Women's Center Salon Day at CODE Salon, 2011

Just the other day a volunteer who has moved on came by to visit us. We missed each other, but she left a note for me and Zwazzi that reminded me of not only how they help us but how much they add to our lives and the lives of the women we serve. Our volunteers and interns are encouraged to leave an imprint on the Women’s Center and we have learned that we leave one in their lives. I’d like the share the note with you:

Dearest Zwazzi & Talilah,
I’m on spring break and dropped by to say hello but ya’ll seem to be out! I just wanted to write a quick note telling you both how much you mean to me and how encouraged and inspired I was after working here with you two this summer. Nothing could have prepared me for the love and joy (and challenge and heartache) that I encountered in this room. Thank you for being beautiful lights for the women in the TL and for me.

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One comment on “Thank you GLIDE Women’s Center Volunteers!
  1. yogiscooking says:

    beautiful! Thank you!!!

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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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