Our Work


Our methodology is radically simple: love, acceptance, and compassion, which we apply through programs in Wellness, Growth, Spirit, and Leadership.

Feed the Hungry

GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program is the only program in San Francisco that serves three nutritious meals per day, 364 days a year to the City’s poor, homeless and hungry in an atmosphere of respect, acceptance and love. GLIDE served 855,777 meals in 2013, averaging nearly 2,400 meals a day.

Move Beyond Crisis

The GLIDE Walk-In Center (WIC) provides immediate crisis intervention to individuals living on the streets, in shelters or unstable housing. WIC provides referrals, fills basic needs (including hygiene supplies, clothing and food box vouchers) and facilitates identification document replacements. It is also the only site in the Tenderloin to offer shelter bed reservations in the City’s shelter system. In 2013, the WIC served 2,386 unduplicated clients and provided 4,856 individuals with basic emergency services. The WIC also helped 159 individuals and families receive $191,430 in rental assistance.

Women Overcoming Violence

Helping women on their road to recovery from domestic violence, oppression and isolation, the GLIDE Women’s Center creates an atmosphere of safety and community for women who face homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues and other challenges. The Women’s Center empowers women to transform their lives, providing weekly drop-in support groups and activities, and monthly field trips or community events. The Women’s Center served 376 women in 2013. 4% of the clients served by the Women’s Center identify as transgender.

Compassionate Healthcare

In partnership with Dignity Health, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and UCSF School of Nursing, GLIDE Health Services (GHS) uses state-of-the-art electronic health records and serves nearly 3,000 unduplicated clients annually. GHS offers a full range of traditional healthcare services, as well as mental health, recovery, substance abuse, non-Western medicine, HIV testing and counseling, and diabetes treatment.

Advance Families and Inspire Children

The Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) offers a holistic set of resources to help families realize their potential at home, in school, and as leaders of the community, in a safe and welcoming environment. FYCC serves children ages of 2–12 with a continuum of licensed childcare and afterschool and summer programs including tutoring, literacy enhancement, computer instruction, creative arts, counseling, advocacy, case management, and nutrition education. FYCC also works closely with families to provide parenting and leadership skills, case management, and wellness and peer support groups. The Family Resource Center served 452 participants across 144 families in 2013.

House the Community

Through a vision of sustainable, affordable and compassionate living for the poor and the homeless, Housing Support Services offer a legitimate road out of poverty for those who have grown accustomed to life on the margins. We have three housing developments in the San Francisco Tenderloin neighborhood that house 189 households including the Cecil Williams GLIDE Community House, a low-income family apartment building with 81 units, and a building for highly-supportive housing with 52 units for the chronically homeless with multiple diagnoses.

Men Unlearning Violence

Men In Progress is a violence intervention program run by men and designed for all men who are dedicated to acknowledging their own violence and helping each other gain understanding and strength in their relationships with themselves, partners, family, friends and community. Weekly drop-in groups work with men in straightforward and practical ways on issues that affect their lives. Men in Progress Facilitators go through 208 hours of training. Men in Progress served 133 men in 2013.

Green the Tenderloin

GLIDE’s rooftop gardens teach the community the full circle of urban farming from planting seeds to harvesting produce and cooking healthy meals, composting, and honey extraction from our beehives. Graze the Roof, which has been harvesting 8-15 lbs. of produce each week for the meals program, is located on top of 330 Ellis Street and is integrated into the FYCC afterschool curriculum. The resident-run Cecil Williams House Community Garden at 333 Taylor Street provides a space for the community to meet and share, while promoting healthy lifestyles and helping the environment.

Volunteer Resource Program

GLIDE’s Volunteer Resource Program recruits and places over 10,000 volunteers who collectively perform over 91,000 hours of service annually. The program also receives and coordinates in-kind donations to enhance services and extend GLIDE’s capacity. There are many opportunities to help, but the greatest need is for the GLIDE Free Meals Program, which requires 60 volunteers a day, 364 days a year for over 1,000 meals shifts.

Sunday Celebration and the GLIDE Ensemble

The internationally renowned Sunday Celebrations at GLIDE Memorial Church, created by Reverend Cecil Williams in 1963, offer a joyous experience of community, music and spirituality. Filled to the rafters with Bay Area residents and visitors from around the globe, GLIDE Sunday Celebrations are reflective of the richly diverse world in which we live. The jubilant sounds of transformation from the 100-voice GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band resonate every Sunday at 9am and 11am.

GLIDE Instagram
As one of our busiest days of the year draws to a close, we'd like to share a serendipitous find that we discovered in the archives today. In 1997, LIFE magazine featured GLIDE in a long piece entitled "A Church for the Twenty-First Century." Here is photo of Rev. Cecil, doin' his thing and handing out grocery bags to the community 20 years ago. At events like Grocery Bag Giveaway, our committed staff, community partners, dedicated volunteers & Tenderloin neighbors work side by side to remind our city, and our country, of the persistence of human goodness and unconditional love.
#Fromthearchives #GLIDEHolidays #WalkThatWalk
@tenderloinmuseum @californiahistoricalsociety We just want to take a minute to send ALL THE LOVE to the hundreds of volunteers who help us pull off Grocery Bag Giveaway. Massive thanks @gapinc @bewhatspossible @cathaypacific @la.sf.specialty @oldnavy @zendesk @rodanfields @facebook @crunchgym @ninthdecimal #GLIDEholidays #GBG GLIDE President Karen Hanrahan taking in her first Grocery Bag Giveaway! She spent the morning greeting our neighbors who were waiting to receive a bag. "This is my first Grocery Bag Giveaway and I am overwhelmed and amazed. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, by the hundreds of volunteers that have shown up." #GLIDEholidays #GBG #GBG in action! The line stretches from Ellis to Leavenworth. #foodjustice #GLIDEholidays

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