Thursday, August 11, 2011

SF CARE Kick Off Picnic & Sock Drive

It’s a Picnic! It’s a kick off celebration! It’s a sock drive!

Where else can you get all three in one? Come out and join us at the Free Farm on Eddy and Gough on Sunday August 21st from noon until three and you can:

· learn a bit more about the collaborating partners of SF CARE and meet some of the fine people running them

· wander the beautiful Free Farm and walk the labyrinth (I’m a bit of a labyrinth nut, and the one at the Free Farm is definitely high on the awesome scale.)

· enjoy a delicious free lunch

· bring lots and lots of new white tube socks (the ones with the grey heels and toes) for us to give away to folks who need them

I’m looking forward to seeing all you lovely people who have been reading this blog there. It’s very informal, so come when you can and leave when you must. Do me one favor, though. Please RSVP to or at so I can be sure we have enough food for everyone.

Socks (have I broken my record for number of sock mentions in one post yet?), a beautiful setting, good food, good company, and a good cause. What more can you ask?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sock Drive and SF CARE Fair

We invite interfaith groups and individuals throughout the Bay Area to begin collecting sock for the ministries of SF Care to distribute to the homeless, formerly homeless, severely mentally I'll - but more precisely to people without socks of any, shape or size.

Because people who cannot afford socks, tend to wear them more than one day in a row, we ask people to donate white athletic socks, particularly the kind with gray toes and heels. Sock that are dyed will poison the feet of individuals who wear them too long.

Then, we hope you will bring your collection of new or gently used socks to our picnic at the Free Farm (Eddy/Gough) on August 21st from 12-3pm.

More details will be coming soon about this event and how you can get involved.

Monday, December 6, 2010

More than 4,500 blankets collected today

Today, approx. 46 pallets or 4,416 blankets were picked up at St. Vincent de Paul by Catholic Charities. 2,000 of these blankets will be passed out at tomorrow's Project Homeless Connect event. The other 2,416 blankets were delivered to organizations around San Francisco that serve the homeless. This includes 300 blankets at Welcome, 700 blankets at the Night Ministry and 340 blankets at Martin de Porres.

In addition to these emergency blankets, congregations around town who had blanket drives this passed Sunday brought blankets. Some of the donations that came today include:
65 blankets were donated from individuals around San Francisco and brought directly to Project Homeless Connect.
12 blankets were donated by Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.
4 blankets were donated by First United Lutheran Church in San Francisco along with toiletries and socks.

Thank you St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Old First Presbyterian, First United Lutheran and everyone who donated directly to Project Homeless Connect!

Check out the other pages on this blog to see photos of other interfaith organizations who have donated blankets.

Blankets from Lutheran congregations!

Today 25 blankets were dropped off from herchurch (Ebenezer Lutheran). This blankets will be given away at the Growing Home Community Garden, a garden that is predominatly run by homeless individuals and is managed by Project Homeless Connect. (see photo above)

Over the weekend we recieved 15 blankets from Grace Lutheran in Palo Alto. (see photo to the left)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Blanket Week Begins!

The Interfaith Winter Blanket drive is in full swing. A big thank you to everyone who is contributing blankets and is helping with transportation.

On Tuesday Dec 7th Catholic Charities will be picking up 3,000 blankets from the St Vincent de Paul Society. 200 blankets will be delivered to Welcome, 472 blankets will be delivered to the Night Ministry and 320 blankets to Martin de Porres. On Wednesday Dec 8th the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation will bring an additional 500 blankets to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium where 2,500 blankets will be handed out at Project Homeless Connect by an interfaith group of volunteers.

Volunteers interested in helping to distribute blankets on December 8th should arrive at Bill Graham at 8am and sign in as a Project Homeless Connect volunteer inside the building. Then, volunteers should come out side to the Catholic Charities trucked (parked on the Larkin street side of Grove) in front of the veterinary services vehicle. Volunteers will help to unload blankets and hand them out to individuals in line from 8:30am - 3pm. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and may wear of sign of their faith. The blanket distribution will be an interfaith project. Contact info for volunteers: Megan Rohrer, cell: 415-827-2587,

The blankets above are primarily emergency response blankets that work well to keep people sleeping on the streets warm during the winter. Additional blankets made, purchased and donated by local faith communities will be given away to individuals living in single room occupancy (SRO) hotel rooms. These residents are formerly-homeless individuals who typically do not have the resources to make their new living spaces feel like a home.

These blankets will be distributed by Welcome, the Growing Home Community Garden and the Night Ministry. We have currently received: 18 blankets from Truckee Lutheran; 2 blankets from St. Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco; 2 blankets from the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco; and 15 blankets from Grace Lutheran in Palo Alto. We have also heard that blanket drives are taking place at herchurch, First Unitarian and Old First Presbyterian in San Francisco.

If you'd like to donate blankets to our blanket drive, you can bring blankets to Welcome on Tuesday December 7th from 12:30-6pm or at any of the following congregations this Sunday during their worship times:

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'farrell St
San Francisco

Sunday Worship: 9am & 11am

St. Paulus Lutheran Church

950 McAllister Street
San Francisco
Sunday Worship: 10am

678 Portola Drive
San Francisco
Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness)
San Francisco
Sunday worship: 11am

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
959 12th st
West Oakland
Sunday worship: 11am

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Drive
San Francisco
Community of Travelers Woship and Potluck of Foods that Begin with the Letter "C": 5pm

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blanket Goal Reached and Increased

Thanks to the great work of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, we have 2,500 blankets confirmed for the December 8th Project Homeless Connect event. 2,000 blankets will come from the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and an additional 500 eco friendly blankets from the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation.

Later in the day after I heard this news, I decided to expand our blanket drive goal to 5,000 so that we can have additional blankets distributed at Welcome and the Night Ministry throughout the winter.

A few hours later I learned that there are a large number of emergency blankets (thin blankets made from recycled materials) in storage with no way to get them to the organizations that typically pass them out during this cold, rainy winter season. I have offered to rent a uhaul and deliver the blankets to the agencies that distribute them. So, now it looks like our interfaith attempt to get 2,500 blankets distributed to those living in poverty this year may end up getting more than 21,000 blankets out to those who need them.

This moment is why Project Faith Connect is such a powerful project. I deeply believe that when faith communities and individuals are able to communicate and coordinate we are able to make a noticeable impact on poverty in our community. I've also found that when faithful individuals have more guidance about how they can help and can see how their support makes a very real impact on a problem that typically seems incurable (homelessness in San Francisco), that people will continue to help those in need.

While the majority of the blankets we will be distributing this winter season will be temporary blankets, the blankets that congregations are collecting are warmer, better quality and great for individuals living in SRO's. This past Sunday, when I saw the Christmas wish list of some of the resident of the Episcopal Charities SRO's I saw that most of them were asking for blankets for the holiday season.

I hope you or your faith community will consider collecting blankets for this project. We still need more volunteers to help us distribute blankets at the December 8th Project Homeless Connect event. Volunteers should arrive at 8am, register as volunteers inside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and then meet us out front where we will be distributing blankets to those waiting in line starting at 8:30am. Feel free to wear a sign of your faith (in addition to weather appropriate clothing).

Please email or call 415-827-2587 to let us know you will be coming to help give away blankets.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

1,220 Blankets Donated for December Drive

Our friends at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco have pledged 1,200 blankets for our drive to get 2,500 by December 7th for the participants of the December 8th Project Homeless Connect event. A big thank you goes out to them for their support.

The participants of the Sierra Pacific Synod Hunger Event in Davis, CA also donated about 20 blankets for the drive. A special thank you to the Lutheran congregation in Truckee, CA.
We still need 1,280 blankets still needed for the PHC event. We hope you and/or your congregation will consider helping!