Community Hub, Glide Church
The Tenderloin, San Francisco

As a pastor at Glide Church in the Tenderloin, Karen Oliveto gathers a diverse community of San Franciscans every week, from CEOs to drag queens to the homeless population. This experience has made her uniquely qualified to support people in a crisis.

My experience has given me insight into my role in a disaster. I’m trained to be present with people in the midst of a crisis. To help them connect with others.

What I would offer

People gathered in a room and embracing one another.

Community Support

“We won’t always be able to reach our earthquake kit. We are going to need to trust each other deeply in the days following a major emergency. These relationships are the ones that are going to sustain us and save us.”

Emergency supplies laid out on a table.

Emergency Supplies

“At Glide, we have a lot of emergency equipment—cots, blankets, food ready to offer. It’s a community center where people can come together and know that they are going to be met with dignity and respect and a home, in the midst of crisis.”

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