GLIDE, SF Cares, and HandUp.org Team Up for Direct Support to Our Homeless Neighbors

GLIDE, SF Cares, and HandUp.org Team Up for Direct Support to Our Homeless Neighbors

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.

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How Access to Transportation Meant Rocio's Family Could Have a Home

How Access to Transportation Meant Rocio's Family Could Have a Home

Rocio is a single mom who spent some time living in her car with her three children after surviving an abusive husband. She preferred the car to a shelter for the safety of her family. Once she connected with HandUp partner Compass Family Services, Rocio moved into transitional housing and could focus on her next step toward stability. 

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Community Matters: How You Got Adam Off The Streets

Community Matters: How You Got Adam Off The Streets

Adam is a local in the San Francisco neighborhood of the Castro, selling Street Sheets as his main source of income. He’s struggled with his health as living on the street is a huge barrier to getting the care he needs. Over the past two years, Adam fundraised on HandUp to help cover basic needs like food, clothing, temporary housing during a surgery, and more. Today because of your support, Adam has a home. Hear his story:

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How Jeffrey & Giselle Found Each Other in their Toughest Times on the Street

How Jeffrey & Giselle Found Each Other in their Toughest Times on the Street

When Jeffrey and Giselle first met, they were both homeless. One sleeping on the street after leaving behind a life of foster care, the other couchsurfing after escaping a life of discrimination in Jordan. Learn how they are rebuilding their lives together and how your support made it possible to move forward from homelessness.

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Guest Post: My First Experience Giving a HandUp Gift Card

Guest Post: My First Experience Giving a HandUp Gift Card

My first experience giving a HandUp card was with Michael, a young man who approached my friends and me in Union Square. I offered him a card and he redeemed it for a grocery store gift card the very next morning. After I explained the card to another person -- this time an older man panhandling on Ninth Avenue -- and asked if he might use it, he gave me a big smile and, to my surprise, a bear hug. 

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