About San Francisco Night Ministry

The Night Ministry provides crisis intervention, counseling and referral services every night of the year. Since 1964, we haven’t missed one night in 50 years.


And we do this every night, rain or shine, whether it’s a holiday or not, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. We staff a crisis telephone line and support night ministers who literally walk the streets of San Francisco offering face-to-face conversations to those who are lonely, anxious and afraid in the middle of the night, when crises are most acute and when social services don’t readily exist. There are about 14 crisis lines in San Francisco, but we are the only one who will talk with anyone about anything – there is no specialized group of persons or problems that we address.  And we are the only one who, if someone then wants a face-to-face conversation, can make that happen. So we are unique in that way.

In addition, the Night Ministry sponsors two Open Cathedrals. They are outdoor worship services -- one in the Tenderloin and one in the Mission. They are weekly worship services followed by a time of sharing food. We provide meals and we also offer an opportunity for conversation and prayer and crisis intervention. We have a wellness program, a community-building program to extend our outreach to many more people in need. We believe that our work helps to make San Francisco a city that is healthier, safer, and more stable for all who live and work here.

We help to bridge the gap between the times when social services are offered. We offer to build healthy life-affirming communities and neighborhoods. We offer companionship to those who are lonely and isolated. We attend to the mental and physical needs of those who are compromised. We provide harm reduction for those at risk to themselves and others. And we encounter and assist many of the most vulnerable, who fall between the cracks, even of our very fine social services.

On average, we engage in over twenty thousand substantive conversations every year. We serve over ten thousand meals. And we provide hundreds of emergency interventions. San Francisco Night Ministry offers informational and educational events as well. We have field workers, and interns, and a wide variety of people who learn our model of ministry so that their ministries can be enhanced. 

We receive no public funding, and we don’t charge anyone for any of our services. Thankfully, we are not alone. We are grateful to our supporters for partnering with us with financial contributions and with gifts of time and talent. We look to remain faithful to our calling to those whom we serve and for those who support us and send us out each night.

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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