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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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
#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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