GLIDE Security Monitors – Core Values in Action

If you have ever attended a Sunday Celebration, Volunteered, visited, or simply walked by GLIDE, you have likely been greeted by one of GLIDE’s Security Monitors. The yellow-jacket-clad Monitors can be seen on Ellis Street, immersed in the community, talking to folks as they enter the building or wait in line for a meal. Their presence sends a message: we are GLIDE and we welcome you.

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GLIDE’s Security Monitors are undoubtedly the face of the organization, embodying GLIDE’s Core Values in all of their interactions. GLIDE Security Manager, Israel Canjura, shares, “Our guests are used to being told ‘no’ all the time. It’s easy to say, ‘you can’t come in.’ The challenge is to give our guests options and help them navigate those options.”

Often, our program participants come to GLIDE unsure of what their needs are. Our Monitors, highly trained in de-escalation and harm reduction techniques, and incredibly attuned to GLIDE’s Core Value of Radical Inclusivity, help our participants uncover and express their true needs.

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Our Monitors are often able to connect so authentically and effectively with our program participants because they too, may have once stood in GLIDE’s meals line. Steve Virgin, Security Monitor, once a program participant, shares, “I was able to and I’m still able to come here as myself. I don’t have to act like I haven’t been in trouble before, I can just be me.” This acceptance that Steve felt as a participant is what he offers as a staff member, giving back to the community in the most meaningful way possible.

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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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