Tom is one of 19,000 inner city residents in San Francisco, who struggle with mental health. He was on the streets in Los Angeles and San Francisco for about a year. Tom had a bout of manic depression, was on the streets, and had multiple other diagnosis's. That's when Tom was invited into the Rescue Mission...check out the video to learn more about Tom's story.
At a young age, Art fell in love, and married into a wealthy family. Like any parents, Art’s in-laws remained concerned for the well-being of their daughter. Art’s dream was to become a pastor and pursue theology school. Art began the first steps, however when time came for the entrance exam, he failed. Art’s wife left him which spiraled him down to drugs and alcohol. Art was left stuck, and alone…that’s when volunteers stopped in and invited him into the Rescue Mission. Check out Art’s full story in the video below.
You can make a difference on someone like Art this March. Will you give to help make an impact on a life?
2019 marks the 35th year of San Francisco City Impact serving to intervene on behalf of others.
In 1984, Roger Huang witnessed a young boy getting beat up and responded with fifty sandwiches to serve the homeless, and at-risk children in the Tenderloin (inner city of SF). We mobilize over 8,000 volunteers a year to intervene on behalf of others.
Here are 19 different ways you can get involved with City Impact and make a difference this year.
To volunteer, sign up at sfcityimpact.com/volunteer.
San Francisco City Academy
1. SPONSOR AN INNER CITY CHILD
The Tenderloin is home to 3,000 inner-city children, and is a district ridden with drugs, alcohol, and brokenness. You can choose one child to help empower, encourage, and equip with education by sponsoring for $38/month.
When you sponsor a child for $38/month, you provide more than their education and supplies—YOU ARE THE GIFT to your child. You can help open a child’s eyes to a greater world through letter correspondence, visitation, and prayer.
2. MENTOR A CHILD
A mentor can greatly impact anyone’s life. You can mentor a child in the toughest district in San Francisco, and help them reach new goals.
Through our mentorship program, many students have been inspired to apply to schools of their choice or pursue a dream. Mentors have great joys to walk through up and downs with their child.
3. AIDE A CLASSROOM
Whatever our students are feeling when they walk into the classroom, our teachers are there to receive them. Students are coming from all different situations, including the 40% of the Tenderloin District that lives in single mother homes. The classrooms are safe places for students to learn, and express themselves.
Classroom aides help provide stability for a K-8th grade class. Responsibilities may include organizing books, reading with students, facilitating reading quizzes, organizing scores and reports, and managing a child’s behavior.
4. Child THERAPY
34% of our students are in need of specialized therapy. This number can only increase as more testing can be done for some students. We are looking for Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, or Marriage & Family Therapists.
5. SERVE LUNCH TO STUDENTS
Help feed our hungry K-8 students and facilitate a clean and safe lunch period. Our K-8 school offers free lunch to our students every day. Prepare the food, help clean up and wipe down tables, serve plates to each student or help give drink refills.
6. COOK MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS AND INNER CITY KIDS
Cook with love! Help cook a full hearty meal for about 90 K-8 students, and 300 people who are homeless. Our commercial kitchen cooks over 150,000 meals for people in the community. Food is the language spoken to many people in the community and the heartbeat and driving force to many of our ministries and outreaches.
7. ENGAGE WITH INNER CITY KIDS OVER ARTS, MUSIC & GAMES
Super Saturday is a weekly high energy and positive environment filled with arts and crafts, games, worship, and an encouraging message followed by lunch! Make every Saturday Super for our young kids! Super Saturday is one of City Impact's first programs started and is located at 230 Jones St on Saturdays at 10 AM.
8. LEAD OR ASSIST AT KIDS CHAPEL
Wednesday Chapel is a favorite time of the week for many of our students. Help share an encouraging and interactive message to our K-8th grade students on Wednesday mornings! Equivalent to a youth message for ages 5-13. Assist in the background to provide a safe environment of worship and redirect a child to manage behavior.
Adopt a Building
9. DELIVER A MEAL TO SOMEONE WHO IS SHUT-IN
Adopt a Building’s mission is to intervene through building relationships that will lead people to life transformation. Come alongside a long term ministry to deliver meals and build relationships with people who are shut-in. This is a very relational and intentional ministry to people who may have no one else to care or look for them. Our vision is to adopt all 305 buildings with 30,000 residents in the inner city of San Francisco.
Health & Wellness
10. VOLUNTEER AS A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
Health professionals can volunteer at the clinic and provide specialized and urgent care to the homeless and low-income residents. We serve over 2,000 patients each year. Our volunteer providers are encouraged to uncover the emotional root causes to many of our clients’ chronic diseases.
11. FEED THE HOMELESS
Serve food to someone who is homeless and hear their story. Come alongside indigenous leaders and School of Ministry students to serve others in the community during the week. Our Rescue Mission welcomes people every day Monday through Friday and acts as respite home for many hurting people.
12. ASSIST IN SOCIAL WORK
At City Impact we really care about changing one life at a time. The process of walking through homelessness to housing can be taxing, frustrating, and lonely at times; assisting in our Social Services department and coming alongside someone every step of the way. Many people who are homeless jump from different organizations with resources available to them, but don’t have a consistent point of contact. Sometimes a bit of encouragement and walking through each process will help champion the process.
13. ORGANIZE OUR FOOD BANK
As an active food bank gets used, and a rebranded Thrift Store is on the way, help on the ground is needed to organize our storage. The City Impact Thrift Store closed down this Fall, but a new rebranded store will come this Spring focusing on women and children’s clothing. Our Thrift Store served as a place of refuge for vulnerable women in need of help, and this will focus on those in need as well as provide funds for our Therapy Program.
The Tenderloin and City Impact has a story behind every closed door. We believe the Tenderloin is home to the most resilient people in the world. Help share someone’s story. Capture the ongoing work day to day. Help edit photos or footage remotely to develop new content. Photographers and videographers are always needed throughout the year and especially at events.
15. GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Leverage your amazing skills on Adobe Creative Cloud! Assist the communications & marketing team to share stories through digital avenues. Design content on Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and After Effects. Graphic designers can work remotely and share the message of City Impact and the Tenderloin to the world.
16. TECH SUPPORT
Empower the administration team by bolstering any tech specs in the office or solving technical issues in each building.
Last year was a critical year for construction and repair. Over 35 rooms were renovated including our Rescue Mission. Our buildings are always in need of improvements. Help lay flooring or simple restoration projects to help expand the growing reach of City Impact.
18. VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR COMPANY
City Impact hosted over 60 companies in 2018! We had an amazing impact and are looking to do it again in 2019! Host 5-25 team members at our K-8 School, Rescue Mission, or deliver meals to those shut-in. Plan a larger group up to 500 to serve through City Impact across our departments.
School of Ministry
19. HELP DEEP CLEAN OUR FACILITIES
There’s nothing that says humility like scrubbing toilets or deep cleaning bathrooms. Truly serve like Jesus when no one is watching and help clean floors in much need of a deep clean. One of our core values is Humility: We are not above the people we serve; we are not above mopping floors.
TO VOLUNTEER, EMAIL VOLUNTEERCENTER@SFCITYIMPACT.COM, OR sign up at sfcityimpact.com/volunteer.
What an amazing year it has been! We are so thankful for the most amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who intervened on behalf of others in 2018! It is because of our amazing City Impact Family that we can continue changing one life at a time. Check out the video recap below:
Juanita had five kids to raise in the inner city of San Francisco. The weight and stress, brokenness, and bad influences pushed her towards drinking and occasional drug use. Juanita felt alone in the battle until she met a team member from City Impact who reminder her of the love and promises of God. Juanita began to rise up, and would instead of buy drugs, would go to Bible study or worship. Now Juanita cooks meals for other residents in her building through groceries from the City Impact Rescue Mission.
“It’s just heart wrenching to see people out there now. Christ walked amongst the poor and lonely, and these are the people—we are the who are in need of Jesus Christ’s love— the people that need a lot of prayer.” – Juanita
Check out below for Juanita’s story:
Help make an impact on someone like Juanita this holiday season by volunteering at one of our holiday events. Learn more at sfcityimpact.com/events.