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Word of Hope

by Vanessa Lowe

The night can be a desperate and lonely place. Fortunately, there’s a group of people who make it their mission to bring comfort and hope to people in the night.

Produced, edited and mixed by Vanessa Lowe.

Huge thanks to Ian Lewis, who produced a short piece on the SF Night Ministry for KALW and generously shared all of his original recordings. Thank you to Lyle Beckman. Special thanks to Alex Espinoza, Jeremy Cherfas, Michael, Katie Burkart, Herrin Hopper, Heidi Anderson, Neva Moore, David Green, Jemma, Artorias Stark, Hugo Arenivas, Joseph Potter, Mary Jo Eyler, Camilla Meshiea, Marta Pelrine-Bacon, Tara, Lauren Smith, Chris Glover, Edward Champion.

Music Nocturne theme music by Kent Sparling

Also by Kent Sparling: Smoke Leaks Through the Wall; A Dark Sound of Hail; Faintly Oleander; Oregos; Eventides; Garden Music, Unreleased Episode

Artwork: Robin Galante

The Night Minister: On the Streets of the Tenderloin With Father Lyle Beckman

by Jeremy Lybarger

It’s at night when our loneliness feels most naked and our fears most relentless. And it’s at night when San Francisco’s night minister hears confessions and offers prayers to those who need them most.

He calls them the desperate hours, and, most nights, that’s an apt description for this stretch of downtown San Francisco. Read the complete article.

 

  APR 18, 2016 - KALW
Lyle Beckman

EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE about the San Francisco Night Ministry.

Many people living in need rely on churches for meals, support or simply a place to get off the street and rest. But like other types of service centers, churches close their doors at the end of the day. And for those without a home or family to turn to, the night can be a long and difficult time.

For the last 52 years, The San Francisco Night Ministry has stayed awake all night so that nobody in need has to face the night alone. They operate a crisis phone line, and they have ordained clergy literally walking the streets of San Francisco all night long.

Listen to the article by clicking here.


 

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Your financial support is vital in keeping our phone system operating and our Night Ministers on the streets.  In 2018, volunteer Crisis Line Counselors received 5,100 calls, Night Ministers engaged in 17,100 significant conversations, and we served 9,000 meals. You can make  a tax deductible donation by clicking the button below and going to our secure donation processing site.

Night Ministry is incorporated under the laws of the State of California and is described in the Internal Revenue Code 501 [c][3] as a not-for-profit organization.  Our Employer Identification number is 94-3122524.

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