Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to San Francisco
San Francisco Night Ministry, now at 52 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.
A Word of Hope
by Vanessa Lowe
The night can be a desperate and lonely place. Fortunately, there’s a group of people who make it their mission to bring comfort and hope to people in the night.
Produced, edited and mixed by Vanessa Lowe.
Huge thanks to Ian Lewis, who produced a short piece on the SF Night Ministry for KALW and generously shared all of his original recordings. Thank you to Lyle Beckman. Special thanks to Alex Espinoza, Jeremy Cherfas, Michael, Katie Burkart, Herrin Hopper, Heidi Anderson, Neva Moore, David Green, Jemma, Artorias Stark, Hugo Arenivas, Joseph Potter, Mary Jo Eyler, Camilla Meshiea, Marta Pelrine-Bacon, Tara, Lauren Smith, Chris Glover, Edward Champion.
Music Nocturne theme music by Kent Sparling
Also by Kent Sparling: Smoke Leaks Through the Wall; A Dark Sound of Hail; Faintly Oleander; Oregos; Eventides; Garden Music, Unreleased Episode
Artwork: Robin Galante
On the Streets of the Tenderloin
The Night Minister: On the Streets of the Tenderloin With Father Lyle Beckman
by Jeremy Lybarger
It’s at night when our loneliness feels most naked and our fears most relentless. And it’s at night when San Francisco’s night minister hears confessions and offers prayers to those who need them most.
He calls them the desperate hours, and, most nights, that’s an apt description for this stretch of downtown San Francisco. Read the complete article.
On the Streets of the Tenderloin, 'a Light in an Unlit World'
by Natalie Yemenidjian, KQED News, June 29, 2016
10:30 p.m.: Pastor Lyle Beckman, the S.F. Night Minister, waits for drag king Kit Tapata to finish her trivia hosting duties to talk about fliers for an upcoming fundraising. Helping others costs money and the Night Ministry relies on folks like Tapata. Beckman orders club sodas, but enjoys the community in local bars. As more neighborhood bars are priced out, he says the only people who talk to him at the new ‘sterile’ spots are the bartenders. (Natalie Yemenidjian/KQED)