Rex's Story | Addiction in the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco)

Gearing up for the Holidays we can find ourselves overwhelmed by our schedules. In the inner city of San Francisco, someone like Rex is just hanging on by a thread. After years of addiction he now faced the operation table. At the hospital before right before his surgery, there was only one thing to do—pray. Rex realized when we open our eyes to God’s love, we can discover his heart is to be with us.

It takes time, energy and resources to intervene in someone’s life. In the inner city we want to empower others and see them set free. Like Rex, sometimes it takes years of consistency and a miracle. Rex was in and out of City Impact for decades, but until his encounter with God he claims, “I was a terror to City Impact!”

Now Rex volunteers every day and helps with security, bible studies, services and church gatherings throughout the week!

Cost Plus Bargain Market + Sackcloth & Ashes

7,499 homeless come through the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco) according to recent data. Bob Dalton’s mom could have been one of them, as he went through his own heart wrenching experience of knowing she’s on the streets. 

In 2014, my mom was living on the streets. This personal experience completely changed the way I view the homeless community because she is the hardest working woman that I know. She has two college degrees and she raised my sister and me by herself.

I was always the guy that drove by homeless people and whispered under my breath, “Go get a job.” So when my mom became homeless it taught me that not all people choose to become homeless, but that some people just need a second chance. I was inspired to call my local homeless shelters to ask what they needed—they all requested blankets.

That’s when I came up with the idea of Sackcloth & Ashes. For every blanket that someone purchases from our company, we’ll donate a second blanket to their local homeless shelter. I wanted to give people and businesses an opportunity to make a difference in their own communities. Cost Plus World Market Blog

Bob Dalton is the Founder of Sackcloth & Ashes, and on a mission to Blanket the United States, a campaign to deliver one million blankets by 2024. Sackcloth & Ashes, and Cost Plus World Market has partnered with San Francisco City Impact to intervene on behalf of the homeless in San Francisco.

Every day, about 100 people come by the Rescue Mission who are homeless, sleeping in shelters, or low-income residents in SRO Housing. Many of the guests at the Rescue Mission come from shelters, or are sleeping on the streets due to the harsh condition at local shelters from comment theft, physical abuse, and temptation of access to drugs. At City Impact many residents and homeless continue to return every day to be heard, to be seen, hear an encouraging message, and also receive a hot meal.

“We are like a family.” Roger Huang, Founder of City Impact says.

Over 80% of the Rescue Mission team members are indigenous leaders, which means people who have once received City Impact services and are now changed lives, changing lives.

“They are such precious people, we just want to be with them, which is the heart.”  - Roger Huang

Each blanket will help bring relief to the residents who also signed up to be further connected to our services. Our Health & Wellness Center and Social Services Center exists to bring rehabilitation to people and take a step towards development to break the cycle of poverty and despair.

Special Thanks to Cost Plus World Market, and Sackcloth & Ashes.

Thank you Katrina Frederick Studios, and Alan Larsen Films.


LoveWeek 2018

On September 29, 2018, ten churches gathered at City Impact for the final day of LoveWeek 2018.  A few different outreaches were organized: TL Revive and sit down cafe, Kids Carnival and Sports Bash, meal delivery to isolated residents, women’s ministry and makeovers, and street ministry. Volunteers served in each outreach to connect with people and develop conversations. Volunteers also helped prep 1,100 meals that went out to the community.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

― Mother Teresa

The Saturday outreach was a one day event that followed up a full week of serving the city, led by Canvas SF, Sozo Church, Sons and Daughters Community, Liberty Church, House SF, and 7SF. City Impact mobilizes volunteers, churches and corporations throughout the year that all come alongside long-term efforts in the community. City Impact Church community gathers on Sundays and will always be in the community the next day to further connect with anyone who received help, and wants to take the next step.

Short-term investments reap long-term relationships when there is follow up.

Over 34 years ago Pastor Roger Huang started City Impact simply by passing out 50 sandwiches. He and his family kept doing that every day until what is now SF City Impact mobilizing 8,000 volunteers a year and 5 major departments. For years Pastor Roger toiled in the inner city with very little help relative to what we see today with churches, organizations and volunteers. For 7 straight years he decided to do a prayer walk around the city of San Francisco for God’s mercy. If there is one man who is thanking God for the recent churches, pastors and shepherds that have popped up in San Francisco it is Pastor Roger.

We are so thankful for all the volunteers and organizations that have served this past week and got involved with City Impact. Special thanks to Pastor Travis, Pastor Josh, Jordyn Turkovich, Ashley and Brendon, Pastor Jason, Pastor Chad, Pastor Mickey and Christa, Pastor Craig, Pastor Joel, Ben, Shelly, and Gina and Manny.

Also thank you to the child sponsors for your long-term partnership and willingness to leverage your resources for the benefit of an urban child!

Updates for the day:

  • 1,100 total meals served

  • 250 volunteers

  • 80 kids and their families at our youth outreach

SF Giants Game with Lefty's Ballpark Cafe

For many inner city children, going to a San Francisco Giants game is something they’ve never been able to experience. The background noise, the view, the sound of the ball and the bat connecting. Thanks to Lefty's Ballpark Buffet & Cafe, our K-8 students at San Francisco City Academy, get to attend an SF Giants game.

Each year we partner with the Lefty O'Doul's and the San Francisco Police Department as students are escorted all the way down to AT&T Park! The restaurant was started by Lefty O'Doul, and takes after his heart for children as he was known to throw baseballs out in the stands to kids.

Thank you Nick Bovis, SFPD, and Lefty O’Douls for your community leadership and partnership! Thank you Vic Lee and ABC7 News for covering!

City Impact Conference 2018 Recap

Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, and families who attended City Impact Conference 2018! We are so thankful for another year of God's faithfulness, and everyone who was involved with City Impact Conference. 

Check out a video recap about City Impact Conference below:

A few comments about the day from volunteer's were recording:

Loved being a part of something bigger than myself. We serve such a big and awesome God! City impact showed me what It looks like to take what God has played in your heart and put it into action! So inspiring and uplifting!

We were inspired by the efforts to connect with the neighborhood. We had opportunities to speak with families from Morocco, Yemen, China, Vietnam, Mexico, and Guatemala.

It was fun to meet my sponsored child and his family on the street before the barbecue.

Many more experiences were recorded and celebrated this weekend during conference. Here is a quick recap of stats:

  • 4,000 meals served
  • 1111 meals delivered to isolated residents
  • 580 sit-down meals
  • 350 clothing articles given away
  • 250 kids at our carnival
  • 140 people medically assesed 
  • 120 residents invited to building parties
  • 116 feet washed
  • 101 volunteers praying over the streets
  • 80 haircuts and makeovers

Thank you again to all the volunteers for leveraging your time and resources for the benefit of others. 

Special thanks to SparcSound, Hillsong SF, and TriCal Rentals.