We launched HandUp Gift Cards this past August as a way to give on the street to a homeless neighbor that also connects a person to local resources. Today we’re excited to share our two new drop-in center partners in addition to Project Homeless Connect - GLIDE and SF Cares - giving our homeless neighbors more places to redeem their cards and access the services they need in San Francisco.
In just under six months, 200 donors have reached over 400 of our homeless neighbors in San Francisco through HandUp Gift Cards. Recipients are able to meet basic needs including food, clothing, or personal care items. What’s even more amazing is to see donors who live outside the Bay Area, purchasing Gift Cards for those in need in our city. Now with three drop-in centers across San Francisco, it’s easier for recipients to redeem HandUp Gift Cards.
When you purchase a HandUp Gift Card, we send you the cards in the mail with best practices on engaging with a neighbor in need. Once you give a participant the card, the participant will visit one of our three partnered drop-in centers to redeem the card for goods or services, as well as learn about other available resources. When your card is redeemed, you’ll get an email update on how the card was used.
Mike, a Gift Card recipient shared this with us when he redeemed his card:
“Thank you for your help. Getting to my weekly appointments has been really difficult and the bus pass helped me to be on time.”
Ronald shared this message to his donor:
“Thank you so much for the food today. It is so hot outside today, and I got nothing to eat. I came into Project Homeless Connect and redeemed the HandUp Gift Card I received from you. I really appreciate this help!”
Learn more about HandUp Gift Card partners
About GLIDE: For more than fifty years, GLIDE has worked to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, GLIDE serves a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income and disenfranchised program participants, providing a comprehensive set of programs including: free meals; HIV/Hep C testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare; afterschool and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and behavioral health care. GLIDE has founded and sustained visionary programming, and achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of individuals and families on the margins, all once thought to be beyond the possible. Their drop-in center is located 330 Ellis Street. For additional information, visit glide.org.
SF Cares is a collaboration of St. Paulus, St. Francis, Grace and Santa Maria y Santa Martha Lutheran Churches, The Night Ministry and Welcome; faithful organizations who are working together in order to help the underserved in San Francisco. Their drop-in center is located at 1541 Polk Street. Learn more at sfcares.blogspot.com
Project Homeless Connect connects San Franciscans experiencing homelessness to vital resources across the city, through comprehensive one-stop shop events and in a daily drop-in program. Services include medical, dental, and vision care, and employment assistance. Their drop-in center, Every Day Connect, is located at 25 Van Ness. Learn more at projecthomelessconnect.org.
Learn more about HandUp Gift Cards at www.handup.org/giftcards