Care Line: (844) HOPE-4-SF | (844) 467-3473 | 8PM - 4AM PDT

      San Francisco

      Night Ministry


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      Care Line
      is for everyone- that includes you!
      (844) HOPE-4-SF / (844) 467-3473 | 8 pm – 4 am PDT


      Tuesday Gathering
      Tuesdays | 6 – 7:30 pm
      Use this Zoom Link
      Zoom Meeting ID: 625 859 7013 | Pass: 059805
      Or call: (669 900-6833) | ID: 625 859 7013## | Password 059805#

      Years Since 1964

      Nights Walking

      Beloved City


      The San Francisco Night Ministry increases access to spiritual care and multifaith community – at night, on the phones, and on the streets – in a manner that is nonproselytizing and nonjudgmental. We meet people where they are and extend loving presence.


      moments of connection matter

      We build connection and community by providing spiritual care in four areas:

      • Care Line (nightly)
      • Community Outreach (daytime)
      • Clinical Pastoral Education (day and night)
      • Night Walks (nightly)


      Facing Difficult times together

      In 2020, we saw 16,263 significant spiritual and emotional care contacts. Hundreds of these involved intense or crisis situations, including:

      • conversations about suicide
      • domestic or sexual violence
      • drug abuse

      We are a steady support, and we stand with many people who face difficult times.

      tending to the human spirit makes lasting change


      It’s for you

      It doesn’t matter who you are, you deserve support and care, too. Our trained phone volunteers accompany anyone seeking spiritual and emotional support from 8 pm to 4 am PDT, whether you are in San Francisco, New York, or anywhere else in the world.  


      We honor people and support human dignity 

      We cherish our common humanity. We do not judge or proselytize. We believe time and loving attention is the most precious gift a person can give, and we know the healing power of presence.


      The Collar

      Not what you might think

      Our night ministers come from many  traditions. Each person wears whatever works best for their authentic compassionate outreach.

      While some wear a collar because it is easily recognizable, others wear robes or symbols of their tradition. Still others just wear a name tag. Ultimately, everyone is focused on meeting people with care.


      Social Justice 


      Accessing quality spiritual care should not be limited only to those with enough advantage to access it. San Francisco Night Ministry provides spiritual care without borders.

      Of course, spiritual care is only one aspect of an interconnected web of skillful response 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.


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


      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.

      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.

      Join Us

      Help us spark hope

      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 guided by a night minister with your corporate team or community group
      • Raising awareness through peer-to-peer fundraising 

      Pictured: Students from the University of San Francisco providing a meal for the Tuesday Gathering.