Through these cold and rainy weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to have a home. A place where we are welcome, where we find protection, provision, peace. A place among our people, where we are known, loved and respected.It’s something that each of us needs and deserves. It’s balm at the end of a difficult day; the moment we can exhale and fully relax.
The reality for many of our neighbors is that they never get those precious moments to unwind, to feel at peace in a place of their own.
In San Francisco there are an estimated 7,500 people without housing. Only about 3,100 of that population find any kind of shelter by the time night falls. We simply do not have enough housing or shelter for all of the people living on our streets, and we may not for some time.
This is a complex problem and it’s not one that we’re going to solve overnight. But at City Hope we are determined to make an impact in people’s lives, even while they wait on housing. We’re working hard to provide as many elements of home as we possibly can for our neighbors on our streets.
For 25 men and women this is an actual home. The City Hope House is a two-year sober living environment where people grow in their recovery, job development, and prepare for their next opportunity.
For hundreds of others, this is the City Hope Community Center - a living room for those without living space. It is the dignity of bathrooms and hot showers, basic human necessities like a toothbrush or socks. It is a healthy home-cooked meal, prepared and served to you by those who know and love you. It’s a place where we have fun, a place to laugh even when you’re struggling. We play games, watch movies, and even sing to each other. Most importantly, City Hope is a community where strangers become trusted friends. A place where your friends become your family. It is a place that believes everyone deserves to belong and to be loved.
Working to provide home for the homeless is hard work but when we work with creativity and courage, wisdom and compassion; when we keep faithfully serving our neighbor and placing our faith in them - we will see lives transformed, we will see our city transformed.
When you partner with City Hope, you are part of this unique work – restoring dignity and humanity to our neighbors so often ignored. Thank you for your support, for your partnership in bringing home to the homeless each and every day.