xo, EO

EO stands for Extra Ordinary in partnership with GLIDE Community Housing


On a Wednesday in June, residents of GLIDE Community Housing (GCH) received a special delivery in the form of a blue 15-gallon plastic drum with a tall spigot on top. Accompanying the drum was a smiling Meredith Soden from EO®, the Marin-based company offering a range of popular personal care products as well as a passionate commitment to natural materials, ethical business practices, sustainable manufacturing—and spreading the love to its neighbors around the Bay.

Inside the drum? A fragrant lavender-scented all-purpose soap, made of natural, organic ingredients.

This wasn’t a one-time donation either. Meredith was there on behalf of EO to launch a new program built for the communities at GCH’s Taylor Street building (Cecil Williams House) and at 149 Mason. In addition to the big blue drum, she brought with her dozens of 16-ounce individual dispensers, one for each household, and each with a specially designed label on it featuring the words “daily soap” beneath the outline of a heart.

“We have this great product and we wanted to share it with people who need it,” explains Meredith, who works as the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager. “And we wanted to create a [version] that speaks directly to the residents there,” she adds, referring to the uniquely designed packaging.glide_eo_1

EO is a family-owned business that started in San Francisco in 1995, and soon after relocated to a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Marin. As it has grown, it’s remained dedicated to healthful products and giving back to its communities. In a recent blogpost about the partnership with GLIDE, Team EO writes, “We believe that our world is interconnected [and] in touching our greater community through donations and support. . . . EO is surrounded by many organizations dedicated to sharing love and compassion. We’ve found a great partner in GLIDE.”

With the soap refill program, residents of GLIDE Community Housing can refill their bottles with the all-natural, multi-purpose liquid whenever they run low. EO will make sure a freshly filled drum is available at the residents’ on-site farmers market, for maximum ease and convenience.

“The idea is to have it be an ongoing, ever-green system,” says Meredith. “GLIDE’s our launch partner,” she adds. “We want to take this model and find other venues for it.”

Since that Wednesday, residents have greeted the program with enthusiasm.

“I really love this product,” says Kathryn, “I’m so blessed to have it. It’s nice on my skin and I love that I can use it for everything.”

“Thanks for making this bottle just for us,” adds Mr. Ron. “Me and my family use it for everything, and it saves me a little money that I can use to pay a bill.”

“I love the way it smells,” says Donte. “Thanks for making it available for us.”


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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 abrown@glide.org
#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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