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Rekindling Hope In Dark Times

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We Need Your Help – Expand Telephone Care Line 

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Our Care Line is for everyone:  (415) 441-012310PM – 4AM (PST)

Tuesday Gathering will meet virtually, every Tuesday evening from 6PM – 7:30PM. To join, call (978) 990-5000, then enter access code 298478#.


Night Ministry has 55 years of experience providing spiritual care and human connection over the phone at night. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and “sheltering in place,” isolation and hopelessness are rising. People need spiritual care over the phone, at night, now more than ever.

We are expanding our telephone Care Line


Our goal is to raise $200,000 by April 22nd.

This seed money will allow us to upgrade our communication platform, recruit and train volunteers, advertise the Care Line widely and over social media, and pay for redeployment of ministry staff.

Seeking volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to be Care Line Counselors working from home answering calls under the supervision of ministers and experienced staff. We will train you!

Contact us at [email protected].

With your help we are now expanding our service, including new hours of 8PM – 4AM PST. Watch a sneak preview of our promotional video below. And share this message widely by email and social media. Thanks for your enduring support!



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The San Francisco Night Ministry helps our neighbors at night and on the streets, when their needs otherwise would not be met, and we assist them as we are able in maintaining community at all times. We increase access to the human right of spiritual care.

We rekindle hope together.


Lasting change includes tending to the human spirit.

Years Since 1964

Nights Walking

Beloved City


Our trained phone volunteers accompany anyone seeking spiritual and emotional support in the night hours of San Francisco. Counselors can dispatch night ministers to meet people in coffee shops, bars, hotels, SROs, and on the streets.

Our telephone Care Line is for everyone, including caregivers.


We cherish our common humanity. We do not judge or proselytize. We believe loving attention is the most precious gift one person can give to another. We value the healing power of sacred presence.

We honor dignity by responding to how each person makes meaning for themselves.

The Collar

Our night ministers come from many spiritual traditions. Each minister and student wears whatever works best for their outreach of compassion. Many like the collar because it is easily recognizable. Others wear the robes or symbols of their tradition, or simply a name tag.

Not what you may think.


We live our values in three main areas of service: connection, community, and cultivation. We connect with people and bring them into community. We cultivate emerging leaders.

Even a few minutes of connection can offer hope.


We connect people to their inherent worth, to each other, and to their sense of the Ultimate. Learn about the Night Ministers and Care Line telephone counselors.


We create community through spiritually-centered programs. Learn about Open Cathedral, Meditation Group, Sacred Space, and more.


We cultivate leaders in the ministry of presence and deep listening. Learn about our accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.


In 2018, we had 12,369 significant spiritual and emotional care contacts. Hundreds of these involved intense or crisis situations, including conversations about suicide, domestic or sexual violence, and drug abuse. We are a steady support for many people as they face dark times, but not alone.

Connection is impactful.


Social Justice 

Spiritual care is only one aspect of an interconnected web of skillful responses to the crisis of inequities in our city and nation. Fair housing and meeting people’s basic needs are essential. Systemic racism and bias of all kinds must be addressed forthrightly and urgently.

Spiritual care is a human right.

Quality spiritual care should not be limited to those of us privileged enough to access it. We aim to provide “spiritual care without borders.”

The latest one-night count in San Francisco found 8,011 people living in homelessness in the city, 17% more than in 2017. That number does not include people in prisons, hospitals and rehabilitation centers who are counted in a supplemental tally. Adding those numbers would put the city’s homeless population closer to 10,000, 30% higher than in 2017.

Myth: Most people who are homeless came into San Francisco from another city.

Fact: In 2019, 55% of people living in homelessness reported living in San Francisco for 10 or more years, and just 6% said they’d lived in the city for less than one year.

Read more myths and facts from the SF Homeless Project of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Coalition on Homelessness also provides a collection of research papers. Check out this powerful video from Democracy Now.

How You Can Help

There are many ways to get involved: volunteering as a phone counselor or in support of our street programs; donating meals, silent auction items, and other resources; walking the streets with a night minister with your corporate team or community group; raising awareness in your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.

We rekindle hope together with our volunteers and partners.

Pictured: Students from the University of San Francisco providing a meal of food from their cafeteria to our Tuesday Night Gathering.

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