A Family Embraced

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GLIDE means so much to so many people in need: a free meal or legal advice; HIV/Hep C testing and treatment; access to temporary or permanent housing; a warm embrace, or nurturing of the soul with hope and joy at Sunday Celebration. A lesser-known but equally vital program among GLIDE’s myriad offerings is the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) which offers afterschool and summer care for K–5 students as well as licensed childcare for toddlers. Not only do the children benefit from participating in wonderfully diverse, multilingual literacy, arts and wellness programs—all shepherded by a cadre of caring teachers dedicated to the highest-quality programs—but in addition, their parents and guardians are able to hold full-time jobs or attend school themselves while knowing that their children are safe and secure among supportive peers and educators at FYCC.

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Never Give Up

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Former GLIDE client and current GLIDE team member, EARL WATSON

I have struggled my whole life to rise above the poverty level and to reach my full potential. For way too long, and at every turn I took, something always went wrong and beat me down. I was born in Alabama, but my family moved to San Francisco when I was very young. I was raised in the projects by my single mother, who instilled in me the importance of always working. “No matter your station in life, no matter what the pay is, just keep moving forward and never give up,” she used to say to me. I was also inspired by my hard-working grandfather. He was always busy on a job of some kind, tinkering around the house or sometimes cooking a tasty meal. Hard, honest work was the essence of what I wanted in life.

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GLIDE and Christmas Miracles

Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, Senior Pastor, GLIDE

Last week, as political pundits continued to fan the flames of fear and intolerance, a call went out to religious leaders and others to stand in solidarity with Muslims, who are encountering increased instances of bigotry in the United States. Committed to a world of diversity, religious tolerance, and generous hospitality to strangers, I posted a picture of myself on Twitter, with these words: As a Christian pastor, I stand with my Muslim brothers & sisters and against #Islamophobia #WeAreAllMuslim

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Toy Giveaway 2015

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by Nicole C. Brown, GLIDE’s Director of Institutional Giving

Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year at GLIDE. After several weeks in which thousands of toys have been collected, tomorrow dozens of volunteers—led by one amazing TOY LADY, longtime GLIDE church member Laurie Ferreira—will pass out nearly 2,000 bags of toys to children in need during GLIDE’s extraordinary annual Toy Giveaway. Kids and their parents start lining up in the wee hours of the morning in anticipation of entering a super-sized Santa’s workshop in GLIDE’s Freedom Hall, filled with a veritable mountain of bright holiday bags containing a range of carefully sorted age-appropriate gifts for everyone from toddlers to teens.

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How I Found My Path

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Gus Luong, aka Vegan Ultrarunner Gus
Gus has raised thousands of dollars to benefit GLIDE programs by collecting donations from friends and supporters as he heroically prepares for and completes epic-length runs.

It’s interesting how following a path can lead you to many opportunities and experiences both good and bad.

For me, it all started with wanting to get healthier. I wasn’t satisfied with myself or my lack of energy, and I was generally feeling depressed and anxious on a daily basis. Knowing that eating right and exercising were the only ways to really turn my life around, I decided to challenge myself to change for the better. Read more ›

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Grocery Bag Giveaway Days

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By: James Lin, GLIDE's Co-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Integration and GLIDE team member since 2004.

If you’re a long-time friend of GLIDE, you know that we pack our holiday calendar with celebrations across the many communities we touch. Last week was our Senior Holiday Luncheon, the holiday gathering of GLIDE’s Women’s Center, the Old Navy Shopping Spree for children, and our Adopt-A-Family event, where the families in our supportive housing and our family programs can make special holiday gift requests.

This week kicks off with GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway Days, perhaps our largest and most logistically complex event of the year. On Wednesday, several thousand people start lining up as early as 3 am to get a complete holiday meal-in-a-bag (hey Blue Apron, don’t be jealous, come join us!). We actually have to close the whole block of Ellis to car traffic in order to make space for everyone, and at the end of the day, we will have given out over 4000 bags.

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Light A Candle With Glide For A Brighter World This Holiday Season

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Powered by unconditional love and acceptance, we celebrate our shared humanity at GLIDE. Together, we cast light upon the difficult and shadowed road to justice and inspire one another to renewed hope on this continuing journey. Through connecting communities and bridging differences, we enable San Francisco’s most vulnerable to make meaningful changes in their lives as they struggle to break cycles of poverty, hunger, violence and addiction.”

                                                                        Janice Mirikitani, Co-Founder and Founding President

No one is alone here at GLIDE. Because of our community, our donors, our partners who ignite the light of HOPE, we can walk together to heal a world with justice and unconditional love.”

                                                            Rev. Cecil Williams, Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation

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