Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to San Francisco
San Francisco Night Ministry, now at 51 years, is often referred to as the Church's "Night Shift." We are engaged in over 21,000 significant conversations, and serve over 9,500 meals each year, becoming an important bridge and steady support for many people as they face the darkness of the night, but not alone. We provide compassionate, non-judgmental pastoral care, care of the soul, counseling, referrals, and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress, every night of the year between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. Learn more about what we do.
Walking SF Streets with the Night Minister
EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE about the San Francisco Night Ministry.
Many people living in need rely on churches for meals, support or simply a place to get off the street and rest. But like other types of service centers, churches close their doors at the end of the day. And for those without a home or family to turn to, the night can be a long and difficult time.
For the last 52 years, The San Francisco Night Ministry has stayed awake all night so that nobody in need has to face the night alone. They operate a crisis phone line, and they have ordained clergy literally walking the streets of San Francisco all night long.
Listen to the article by clicking here.
Meet Gordon Schaeffer, San Francisco Night Ministry's Crisis Counselor.
Gordon received the Jefferson Award.
Read the text of Gordon's interview by KPIX reporter Allen Martin, January 27, 2016.
Let it Shine
by Amy Gutierrez
What started in June as a project to teach my daughter and her friends how to cook soup became so much more! With God's grace and blessings, it blossomed and grew into a rich and generous opportunity for believers and non-believers to come together and demonstrate goodness and caring and serve the homeless in San Francisco. And, along the way, we were touched and grew thanks to the wisdom of those in the City. Isn't that what this journey is all about? All of us, regardless of faith or background, reaching out to help each other live a better life?
Every day, life presents opportunities to help someone in need. At first glance, the video may appear to be only about helping the homeless. After all, every night for the past 50 years, San Francisco Night Ministry has provided support ministers who walk the streets from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., offering face-to-face conversations to those who are lonely, anxious and afraid. In this video, those served included the 80 homeless people who enjoyed a warm cup of soup following the bilingual English-Spanish Open Cathedral service, highlighting a small portion of the over 10,000 meals served annually by the organization.
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