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SFIC Monthly Interfaith Breakfast

Monthly Interfaith Breakfast
All are welcome!  Bring a friend!
Jessica Li, Executive Director
Toni Eby, Operations Manager
San Francisco SafeHouse is a nurturing and empowering living community for homeless women escaping sexual exploitation, prostitution, and sex trafficking. Through transitional housing, direct services, aftercare, and outreach to women on the street, SafeHouse strives to serve its mission to help the most vulnerable members of our community. SafeHouse was founded in 1998 by Rev. Glenda Hope, a Presbyterian minister, known for decades of service to the poorest neighborhoods in the City. Rev. Hope began SafeHouse in response to a series of brutal murders and assaults upon prostituted women in the mid-1990s. She worked in collaboration with Sister Rosina Conrotto of the Sisters of the Presentation. Long before “trafficking” became a media issue, SafeHouse has reached out to marginalized women on the street. Since its founding, SafeHouse has served over 350 women and successfully created a healing space that addresses gender-specific trauma, homelessness and substance abuse. The women that SafeHouse has served and continues to serve are a testament to the possibility of overcoming obstacles and making major changes in their lives.

SFIC Monthly Interfaith Breakfast

All are welcome! Bring a friend!
(Please do not park in the St. Mark’s parking lot as those spaces are rented to others. Parking is available across the street at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street). 


Calvary Presbyterian Church


Sensei Elaine Donlin, Minister’s Assistant
Buddhist Church of San Francisco


Jeff Kositsky, Director
Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

Jeff Kositsky is a nationally recognized leader in innovative homeless services and has over 20 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations in San Francisco. From 2013, he served as the executive director of the Hamilton Family Center. During his tenure, the organization expanded its rapid re-housing program and developed an innovative partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District to prevent and end homelessness among school children and their families. From 2001 to 2010, he was executive director of Community Housing Partnership, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Francisco. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness and the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Kositsky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from American University in Washington, DC and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas.

Jeff will be presenting on the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing’s new Strategic Framework which outlines the goals and strategies of the Department’s efforts to significantly and sustainably reduce homelessness in San Francisco over the next five years.


Rev. Monique Ortiz, Pastor
Santa Maria y Santa Marta Lutheran Church

SFIC Monthly Interfaith Breakfast

Monthly Interfaith Breakfast
All are welcome!  Bring a friend!
The Muni Service Equity Strategy focuses on improving transit performance in San Francisco neighborhoods with high percentages of households with low incomes and demographic diversity. The neighborhoods (Bayview, Chinatown, Excelsior-Outer Mission, Inner Mission, Tenderloin-SoMa, Western Addition, and Visitacion Valley) were selected based on the percentage of households with low incomes, private vehicle ownership and race and ethnicity demographics. SFMTA staff also identified routes heavily used by seniors and people with disabilities as part of the analysis.
The Equity Strategy was developed with the help of a working group comprised of affordable housing, social justice and transit equity advocates. The group evaluated Muni’s on-time performance, crowding and travel time throughout the day. Note, the Oceanview-Ingleside neighborhood was recently added as an Equity Strategy Neighborhood based on stakeholder feedback and the neighborhood’s demographic diversity. Investment strategies will also be included in the FY 2019 and FY 2020 report.
Going forward, the Equity Strategy aims to identify and address high priority transit needs in neighborhoods that rely on transit service the most. The goal is to produce positive solutions that can be implemented quickly and delivers measurable improvements. The recommendations will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors before the development of the two-year capital and operating budget.
Tracy Lin is a Transit Planner for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in the Transit Division. Along with managing the Muni Service Equity Strategy, she works on various Muni Forward projects and acts as service planner to the agency’s Woods Division. Prior to joining the SFMTA, she worked in the Operations Planning Division at the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) as a Service Planner and Scheduler. She discovered her love for transit in college when she drove buses for Unitrans at UC Davis.
Adrienne Heim is a Public Information Officer for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in the Communications Division. She became interested in transportation and land use issues through two well-known nonprofit organizations, TransForm and The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). Adrienne has been with the SFMTA for three years and works on a number of projects throughout the Agency as well as a District 10 Communications Liaison.

Soup and Coat Ministry 2017

2017 Coat Giveaway Flyer

What donations are needed?

  • COATS (New or *slightly* used) – All Sizes
  • New Items (All Sizes) Socks, scarves, hats, gloves, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, underwear
  • Hygiene Kits (Goal: 400 kits) Toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors, toilet paper, soap, lotion, combs, Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, chapstick, sanitary napkins

Where do I bring my donations?

  • Emmanuel Family Life Center – Donation Bins
    467 N. White Road ~ San José, CA 95127
  • Grace Baptist Church – Donation Bins
    484 E. San Fernando St. ~ San José, CA 95112
    Accepting donations until Friday, 12/08/17

A Collaborative Effort Sponsored by the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church, The One Warm Coat Organization, Cityteam Ministries, SJ/SV NAACP, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Pacifica Institute, SiVIC, the Catholic Diocese and many more!

Action Plan for Unsheltered and Homeless

An action plan for the unsheltered and homeless

Please join ICAC’s Working Group meeting on Thursday, November 9.  We will discuss how the faith community can partner with the City of Oakland and Alameda County in developing an action plan for housing the unsheltered and homeless.  Joining us for this discussion will be Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf and Assistant to the City Administrator, Joe DeVries.

Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service

An interfaith memorial service, featuring leaders from the diverse religious traditions of the South Bay, honoring the lives of people who died without homes in our community in 2017. Sponsored by Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC). Afterwards there will be a lunch, and distribution of sleeping bags, blankets, and tarps.

SiVIC Forum: Meeting Community Challenges

Faith Community’s New Ways to Meet Community Challenges

Join us to learn about actions being taken by faith communities to address the current challenges they are faced with. Silicon Valley is fortunate to have many faith communities that have stepped up. The topics will cover immigration changes and support actions (including DACA, ICE raids, religious workers visa, H1B/H4 visa, etc.), unhoused community issues (safe spaces, faith facilities as sanctuaries, etc.), stereotyping minorities with its impact on bullying and hate, and refugee resettlement, to name a few.

Several Faith Leaders will take a lead on the discussion of these topics. There will be plenty of time for everyone to present what they are doing. Our goal is to bring everyone on the same-page, so we can support each other’s actions and make a bigger impact.

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Parking on Third Street and in the Third Street Garage (enter from Santa Clara Street)

WinterFaith Shelter Walk 2018

WinterFaith Shelter Walk 2018 – Register and/or Donate Today!

Come and walk with us to support the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter and its efforts to end homelessness, an issue that grips our city. The WinterFaith Shelter Walk is an annual walk-a-thon that involves many faith traditions. Homelessness affects all of us and this is a way in which we can make a difference.

Location:  Lake Merced in SF

To register and/or donate please visit: http://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com