|Hope in the Tenderloin: Champion of the Streets for 41 Years
Rev. Glenda Hope, a 1969 M.Div. graduate from San Francisco Theological Seminary, will retire this October after spending 41 years serving San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. She represents the beginning of a generation of Seminary graduates who serve their communities by embracing alternative forms of ministry. Hope’s work in San Francisco is best known for two things: groundbreaking work with street prostitutes, and leading more than 1,000 memorials for the poor and homeless. Her work and its incredible impact is currently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Largely due to her exposure to Jim Crow laws while living in Florida and Virginia during her college years, Hope developed a strong passion for social justice. She channeled this passion through the formation of a number of nonprofits that include the Tenderloin Technology Lab, the Tenderloin AIDS Network, a low-income housing complex, and SafeHouse for Women Leaving Prostitution.
There will be a benefit honoring Hope on September 25, and all proceeds will go to SafeHouse. For more information, and to read the San Francisco Chronicle article that features Hope and her work, please click here.