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Justice & Outreach
Our vision is to be a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city. One way we fulfill this vision is by partnering with organizations and missionaries across our city and world in restorative justice and making disciples of Jesus.
Investing Our Time, Talents, & Finances for Renewal
An essential part of seeking renewal in our city is acknowledging that God has been at work here long before we arrived. There are already many organizations in San Francisco doing the Kingdom work of care and advocacy for the poor, marginalized, and oppressed, while also sharing the good news of Jesus. So it is our joy as a church to partner with some of them through our finances as well as our time and talents in volunteering.
Every year, Reality SF sets aside 8% of all financial contributions for these strategic partnerships in Local Justice & Global Outreach. To help us invest wisely, a Justice & Outreach Board made up of staff and volunteers selects Renewal Partner Organizations and missionaries to whom we offer partial financial support. (For an explanation of what we mean by restorative justice, we recommend watching The Bible Project’s Justice video.)
Here are some ways you can partner in God’s work in San Francisco and beyond.
Volunteer with Our Outreach Team
Our Outreach team partners with amazing local organizations to actively meet the needs of families, the physically vulnerable, and people experiencing homelessness.
Engage with Race & Belonging Resources
In this guide, you’ll find resources to equip and educate our community in the areas of racism, oppression, injustice, and inequity.
Support a Missionary
Below, you can read about local missionaries to whom our church offers partial financial support. If you’d like to support them in prayer or financially, feel free to reach out to them!
Renewal Partner Organizations
Because Justice Matters
Because Justice Matters is building pathways to brighter futures for women and girls in urban communities.
YWAM San Francisco
New Door Ventures
New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth get ready for work and life by providing meaningful paid jobs, training in work and life skills, individualized case management, and educational support.
San Francisco City Impact
San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people of the Tenderloin.
City Hope seeks to empower their neighbors in the Tenderloin through a trusted gathering and communal meal space as well as a two-year sober living home, where participants can grow in their recovery, job development, and preparations for future opportunities.
Mission Graduates seeks to equip K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District to graduate and succeed in college.
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe is a faith-based, violence-prevention program that provides job training, employment, and a second chance at life by way of a jazz restaurant run by at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster-care youth ages 16-22. Old Skool Cafe offers more than just employment; we provide the holistic support needed to help our youth maintain their employment and be successful in all areas of life.
Open Door Legal
Open Door Legal provides free legal counsel to low and moderate income residents of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and beyond.
Mobilize Love is a city-wide mobile outreach for children, youth, and families in San Francisco. They deploy a fleet of outreach trucks to give underprivileged families access to basic human services such as laundry, food, and wellness, as well as mentoring relationships.
Sunset Youth Services
Sunset Youth Services fosters long-term stability and growth for in-risk youth and families through caring relationships and supportive services. This mission is based on the belief that youth are inherently worthy of dignity and respect and have the potential to positively contribute to their communities when their real needs are met.
The Chalmers Center
The Chalmers Center equips churches with resources and tools to walk alongside economically disadvantaged communities while modeling Jesus’ compassion and power to overcome the spiritual, emotional, and material bonds of poverty. As an organization, Chalmers believes that Jesus Christ is making all things new — including our finances.
Schools for Justice
Schools for Justice Foundation provides educational opportunities and loving childcare to the community of New Georgia, Liberia, with a fully-funded adult night school and an orphanage. SFJ works alongside Liberian partners, equipping and empowering them to build a brighter future for their country in the aftermath of civil war.
The mission of HOPE International is to invest in the dreams of the poor and live out the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities. HOPE accomplishes this by providing discipleship, training, savings, and small loans in dozens of countries around the world.
One Day’s Wages
One Day’s Wages is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Rather than reinvent the wheel, ODW invests in carefully vetted partnerships around the world that are addressing core issues that perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
Rooted in the Bayview District, Rise University Preparatory seeks to educate a diverse community of students who will discover their vocation and thrive in college and life. This 6-12th grade school also promotes systemic equity by reserving 80% of its seats for students who are low income, first generation to college, or Bayview/Hunters Point residents.
Foster the Bay
Foster the Bay is a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in the foster care system. They work to inspire and equip churches to raise up foster care families and support friends, as well as to create foster care ministries that raise awareness of this urgent need in the Bay Area.
Caleb & Alexius, Cru
Caleb and Alexius have been working with Cru in San Francisco since 2015 with the mission to empower and equip college students with the skills, tools, and faith they need to make an eternal impact in their communities.Read their story
Gabby & Mateo Alzate, YWAM San Francisco
Mateo and Gabby Alzate have been with YWAM since 2010, working to help prevent cycles of violence and challenges many children and youth face while growing up in urban communities.Read their story
Steve & Kayla Binnquist, YWAM San Francisco
Steve and Kayla have been working with YWAM San Francisco since 2004 and 2010 respectively, and together they lead Restoration Initiatives, a ministry dedicated to restoring, empowering, and serving residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin.Read their story
Brooke & Karen Butler, Athletes in Action
Since 2014, Brooke and Karen Butler have served at UC Berkeley with Athletes in Action, where they love ministering to college students because of their zeal and potential to impact their teams and world for Christ.Read their story
Joanna Clark, Young Life San Francisco
Joanna works with high schoolers through Young Life San Francisco and loves how they ask real questions about life, pretend like they know everything, and are down for pretty much anything.Read their story
Laina Humbles, Because Justice Matters
Serving in San Francisco since 2013, Laina Humbles is on staff with Because Justice Matters, working with children and youth to prevent cycles of violence and poverty, as well as coordinating volunteer and church partnership efforts.Read their story
Sylvia Kamande, Because Justice Matters
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sylvia Kamande serves with Because Justice Matters in the Tenderloin to help break the cycle of fear, violence, and hopelessness which many women and girls experience in San Francisco.Read their story
Ruthie Kim, Because Justice Matters
In 2008, Ruthie founded Because Justice Matters, reaching women facing sexual exploitation, domestic violence, drug addiction, and chronic homelessness.Read their story
Daniel Lai, Young Life San Francisco
Daniel has been on staff with Young Life San Francisco since 2014, and he dreams of every teenager in San Francisco having the opportunity to meet Jesus.Read their story
Jason & Justine Martinez, YWAM San Francisco
Jason is the Director of Operations at YWAM San Francisco, and Justine is the HR Director at Because Justice Matters (an extension ministry of YWAM). They also both serve on their organizations' leadership teams.Read their story
Dave Nothhelfer, CHAI
Before serving internationally, Dave worked in marine ecology, biotech, and organic farming. He came to faith in 2001 and is now fundraising to serve the poor in the Philippines with CHAI (Community Hopes Alternatives, Inc.).Read their story
Renewal Partner Events
Here is our calendar of upcoming events hosted by our Renewal Partners. Click on each for details; if you cannot find event details on the partner's site, we recommend emailing them.