Angela Coleman, Case Manager at the GLIDE Walk-In Center, newest appointee to San Francisco’s Reentry Council and Poet.

Angela Coleman, Case Manager at the GLIDE Walk-In Center, has a lot to celebrate. As the newest appointee to the San Francisco Reentry Council, Angela looks forward to helping formerly incarcerated people reach their potential as they readjust to life outside prison. “The appointment to the Reentry Council is a very humbling opportunity and I am grateful to have been chosen for this seat. I have worked in some capacity of Reentry since 2004 as a resident in Walden House,” she said.

For Angela, this appointment is not only a professional honor but also an opportunity to influence policy on an issue that is deeply personal. “My 11 years with GLIDE has strengthened my desire to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. This is where I found my voice, and the courage to begin a new journey for myself as a formerly incarcerated African American woman recovering from life’s pains and sufferings.”

Speaking from experience, Angela knows that second chances begin with a safe place to live, and she plans to put housing at the forefront of her efforts on the Council. “We need funding for reentry support for people beginning at their arrest, after the booking process. Homelessness is in a bad place in San Francisco and getting worse. We need housing–permanent housing and fewer shelters.”


Left to right: Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani, Co-Executive Director Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Angela Coleman, Co-Executive Director Rita Shimmin.

Throughout her life, which has been fraught with difficulty, Angela has used poetry as a medium to reflect on her emotions and overcome instability and fear. As part of our National Poetry Month activities at GLIDE, we asked her to share some words about why writing has been so important to her. “Poetry has been a part of my life from childhood. I remember Easter and Christmas in church. My mother would encourage me to learn my speeches, I loved it. My mother writes and I did not learn that until later in life. But I’ve always written. Poetry is healing when you are in recovery. I’ve written over a thousand poems. As host of SpeakOut at GLIDE, I shared my poetry where I found my voice.”

According to Angela, the two poems below, “Angel I” and “Angel II,” were inspired by the encouragement of GLIDE Founder, Janice Mirikitani. “She took me in her office and read some poetry from her book and I believe Alice Walker’s. I said ‘I got it, I got it!!!’”

The poems reflect on her childhood, her addiction, life on the streets and the years since she has become a part of GLIDE.

Angel I


She could no longer fly

Couldn’t remember why

Molested of innocence

Raped from direction

Tears blocked her vision

Violence surrounded her

Pain punctured her heart

She heard no sounds of love

She hid her face

Her voice was replaced

Medicine numbed her

Angel rented another space

A slave of misery

Falling-falling from Grace

Scared and alone

The streets became her home

As she sat in the alley

Bitter sweet

Running through her veins

The cold air was

Her only company

Sickness and pain

Invades her sleep

She must rise

In search of her master

Overdoses, hospitals and jail

Was her only rescue

Death passed her by 

She screamed aloud

Then grace showed its face

Miraculously she could again

 Feel her wings

The voice spoke

Love yourself as I

She then remembered why

She could no longer fly.

Recovery is a gift of life



Angel II


Angel remembered why she could no longer fly

Recovery is a gift of life

Her wings begin to heal

Unconditional love embraced

Deserving was not erased

She learned to love and forgive herself

And others so she could live

Glide helped her find her voice

Angel made a choice

Giving back to her community

She began to rise

Cease to despise

Angel took back her power

Spirituality rose to its feet

She gained courage, hope and peace

Joy and unconditional love

Happiness, blessings in droves

Acceptance, meeting people where they’re at

People just like her

Her family

She can fly like an Angel 


Hilary Disch, Development Associate and Digital Community at GLIDE
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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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