GLIDE Ops: Serving Behind the Scenes

It takes a lot of dedicated, passionate people committed to GLIDE’s mission to provide the vast array of programming to our community. From the Meals Program, to our Family Youth and Childcare Center, to GLIDE Health Services, our program staff meet community need on a daily basis. But what about the other side to serving the community? GLIDE’s operations and administrative teams add to the depth of GLIDE’s services by ensuring that all systems function well. This month, we’ll get to know a few members of GLIDE’s operations and administrative teams, folks whose work is mainly behind the scenes, and marked with the passion and drive for which GLIDE staff is known!

Today, we get to know Katherine Kimmons, IT Specialist. Our IT team supports all of GLIDE’s technological needs. They ensure that GLIDE’s computers, databases, software, and other systems are functioning properly to provide the greatest efficiency across the organization. They also make sure GLIDE stays up-to-date with latest technology and IT best practices.

Katherine Kimmons (third from left), IT Specialist

Katherine Kimmons (third from left) at the 2012 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam, IT Specialist

When did you come to GLIDE? I came to GLIDE February 13, 2012. I had been laid off for roughly 2years and was currently on a temp consultant assignment for eBay in San Jose.

What do you do at GLIDE and how does your work support our work in the community? I am an IT Specialist. My work supports the entire staff, volunteers, and interns that work for the community by ensuring their phones, computers, and other systems are up and running.

What do you love most about your work? I love the people I interact with, my co-workers who are also my clients and friends.

What Core Value resonates with you most? Radically Inclusive. GLIDE gave me employment, and more importantly, a sense of belonging at a time when I was feeling rejected. Here, you can be completely yourself and that is major, especially in a society where you are conditioned to believe the opposite about a workplace.

What inspires you? The founders, the employees, and the program participants inspire me. GLIDE, is a magical place and I feel privileged to be here.

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Joyce Hayes, celebrating life, love and GLIDE with @doricamino and @edenchanstreetscooper at the 2014 Holiday Jam. A retro photo of Joyce Hayes, a true GLIDE hero, who so strongly believed in supporting children and providing them with stability, education and #unconditionallove. GLIDE regrets to tell our community that Joyce Hayes, an icon in our history and childcare program, passed away on Tuesday, 5/23/2017. Her life, love and legacy will not be forgotten. 
Please take a moment to read this tribute to our beloved "Joy": glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/in-memory-of-joyce-hayes-the-heartbeat-of-glides-fycc/ Shout-out @blueshieldofca volunteers! Our Harm Reduction Team always needs people to help assemble safer injection kits. Distributing these kits to our community members who inject drugs greatly reduces the spread of Hep C and HIV. It's about #publichealth and recognizing the dignity and human rights of ALL people living in our city! #harmreduction #cleansharps

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