Sustaining Life at GLIDE

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director

GLIDE stands for love, hope and opportunity for all.  We rely on your investment in our values to realize these aspirations.  GLIDE is part of the fabric of this City. We are doing important, pressing work to serve the poorest in San Francisco.

I read an article recently that highlighted a report from UCLA stating that organizations who serve the poor are failing at a faster rate than other nonprofits. The same article mentioned that fewer than 16% of foundation grants are targeting low-income communities.

GLIDE is in better fiscal condition than ever before. Like many other organizations, for profit or non-profit, we made difficult decisions to reorganize, cut back programming and prioritize to preserve our mission. Yet, we work incredibly hard to raise funds from foundations and our community and struggle to sustain our programming designed around the needs of the poor.

What do these stats say about our priorities? How does our community value that all of us have basic human needs like food, shelter, and safety? Often, it feels like, we’re very interested in the next new idea or fancy metrics that make us think and feel that we are making a dent in enormous societal problems. GLIDE’s work touches thousands each day—families, hourly workers, seniors, and homeless, all living on the margins of our society.

We are all connected, complex human beings.  GLIDE strives to meet the short term and long term needs of our community—whether it is housing, food, or employment. When you are hungry, or need a place to sleep, we are here, no questions asked. We see this as the foundation of our work …to Alleviate Suffering.  Additionally, we create tools and support for those same individuals to Transform Lives, through education, housing, recovery programs, etc.  Neither strategy will be successful without the others.  No one can undertake a transformation in their life with an empty belly!

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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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