Click to hear the "Help is on the Way" theme song by Nancy Lamott.
FEEDING THE NEEDY
Providing aid for HIV services, hunger programs and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth
Raphael House helps low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence. Our 31-room shelter provides families of all kinds with private rooms, home-cooked meals,and a broad array of services that are customized to each family's needs as they move from crisis to community, finding stable housing and secure life.
Since 1971, Raphael House has been at the forefront of providing homeless and low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area the personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures. Raphael House is a 100% privately funded and community-supported organization. Our success rate is unmatched: more than 85% of all Raphael House families go on to achieve long-term housing and financial stability.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. We are one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of essential social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. We also award annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
Our summer "Help is on the Way" gala is designed to support both hunger and HIV programs. In past years when REAF supported only HIV services, beneficiaries were selected on a rotating bases with different beneficiaries selected for each event each year. Starting in 2015, REAF began partnering with Meals On Wheels of San Francisco on an ongoing basis as a beneficiary of our summer "Help is on the Way" gala to support their services of home delivered meals to the elderly and other homebound people with few other sources of food and nutrition. Our 2019 beneficiaries includeD Meals on Wheels San Francisco and Rafael House.
HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS XIX
Our annual holiday gala is designed to support HIV programs, hunger and/or youth services. Project Open Hand and Aguilas were selected to be co-beneficiaries for our 2019 gala.
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives
Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of aging. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish our community.
Meals On Wheels of San Francisco serve over 1.2 million meals a year to seniors in every San Francisco neighborhood. 24% of them have no other source of food, 65% live alone and 71% live below the federal poverty line. They are often physically challenged (including living with HIV) as well as confronted with the high cost of living in San Francisco. In addition to meals, MOW provides safety checks to ensure clients’ well being, match them with volunteers to assist them with companionship and day to day needs and provides health and safety items for their homes.
For additional information you can go to www.mowsf.org
EL AMBIENTE PROGRAM
In November of 1991, a group of Gay Latinos organized to address the various needs of the Gay Latino community. The group met on a monthly basis at various homes until they found a regular meeting place at the St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, California in March 1992. They established the name AGUILAS which is an acronym for Asociacion Gay Unida lmpactando Latinos/Latinas A Superarse, which translates to Association of United Gays Impacting Latinos/Latinas towards Self Empowerment. Today, AGUILAS is a non-profit organization and the largest Gay Latino organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. El Ambiente is an HIV prevention program of AGUILAS created by and for gay and bisexual Latino men. Their goal is to support their members self empowerment in order to prevent the occurrence and relapse of unsafe sexual practices. They achieve this by providing a safe environment, specifically designed to address issues related to Latino culture, being gay and bisexual, and sexuality. For additional information you can go to http://sfaguilas.org