Rolling up my sleeves-time to make a difference in my city

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Possibly because of my profession as a real estate agent, or perhaps because of my role as a mother and grandmother, or maybe just because -- I've long supported charities working on housing and hunger issues. Usually my support has been financial.

Thanks to the San Francisco Association of Realtor's "Give Back Day" I had an opportunity last year to volunteer at Glide Memorial serving meals to the homeless and hungry. My assignment was to welcome each client who came through the line, and hand each a breakfast tray. Each tray had been filled with a variety of breakfast items, with good protein, some carbs, a sweet and fruit.

Plums given at a Glide breakfast

 

For two hours, the line never stopped. It brought home to me the immensity of the need in our city--and I know we're not unique here in San Francisco. It humbled me. It made me ever so grateful. It left me knowing I needed to come back and help again.

 

Glide's daily free meals program is the only one in San Francisco to provide 3 nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year, to the city's poor, homeless and hungry. This program requires 85 volunteers each day to fill the breakfast, prep, lunch and dinner shifts, 364 days a year. Starting in 1969 as a volunteer-run potluck for 50, the meals program now, 50 years later, serves around 2,000 meals a day.

While personal issues and commitments made it impossible for me to begin in January, starting the 2nd quarter of 2019, I will be volunteering on a regular basis. Today I signed up for 2 shifts in April, and will continue that throughout the quarter. I'll then assess to see if I can commit to weekly instead of bi-weekly in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. I hope to be able to do so.

Looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and making a difference in my city.

If you live in San Francisco and are interested in helping, you can easily and quickly sign up here for any shift, or other opportunities to help.

 

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Terrific Lottie Kendall  this is very similar to the volunteering my parents did here and know that your community appreciates every minute of your time.

Feb 17, 2019 03:52 PM #2
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Lottie Kendall
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I appreciate having the opportunity, Sally K. & David L. Hanson . Thanks for encouraging us to write about it.

Feb 17, 2019 03:57 PM #3
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Lottie I know that San Francisco has a very large homeless population, but a line of people for more than 2 hours is a lot of meals.  It gives us a different perspective on life when we serve others as you are doing.

Feb 17, 2019 04:39 PM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good evening Lottie - there are many in need in San Francisco.  You have certainly made a difference.

Feb 17, 2019 05:38 PM #5
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Such a wonderful thing to do!  I find that volunteering is so much more rewarding than giving money!

Feb 18, 2019 06:03 AM #6
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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That an impressive organization to provide that many meals, and the volunteers it takes to keep it running. Thank you for making a difference.

Feb 18, 2019 01:51 PM #7
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Jane Peters
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I wonder if they are going to branch out down here in L.A. because we have an even bigger problem - largest in the country and getting worse. That's something I would get invovled in also. Good for you, Lottie.

Feb 18, 2019 02:35 PM #8
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Lottie Kendall
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George Souto - I could scarcely believe that the line never paused for two entire hours. Such need.

Feb 18, 2019 05:14 PM #9
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Lottie Kendall
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Grant Schneider - the homeless crisis is everywhere, especially in mild-climate areas like ours. Yesterday we drove my visiting brother to the train station in Emeryville, a town at the east end of the Bay Bridge, nestled between Berkeley and Oakland. I was appalled at the shantytown we drove through. 

Feb 18, 2019 05:16 PM #10
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Brian England - I had been wanting to sign up to serve at Glide, and am happy I finally have done so.

Feb 18, 2019 05:17 PM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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Yes, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - the logistics of running a food kitchen so large astounds me. Imagine trying to make sure they have 85 volunteers each and every day, not to mention the food to prepare 2,000-some meals.

Feb 18, 2019 05:18 PM #12
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Hello Jane Peters - Glide is an amazing organization to be able to take care of so many people. It didn't start out so large, of course, but has grown over 50 years. I know Los Angeles also has a huge homeless and hungry population.

Feb 18, 2019 05:21 PM #13
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Lottie Kendall - There are some people you don't need to meet or that you never met (like Mother Teresa) to know that is a good person.

Lottie, I never met you. We talked by phone. We read and comment on each other's blog posts. I feel 100% certain you ARE  good person!

Feb 18, 2019 09:11 PM #14
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What a lovely thing to say, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP! I feel the same way about you, and hope that someday we might actually meet in person. Could happen, you know!

Feb 19, 2019 01:16 PM #15
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Lottie- I applaud and admire what you are doing. It's hard to imagine a line as long as the one you had in San Francisco and sadly know that this is happening throughout our country. Thank you for doing what you do. 

Feb 19, 2019 06:53 PM #16
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Lottie Kendall
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Kathy Streib - the 2-hour line was humbling and overwhelming; the only reason it stopped, I believe, is that Glide had to shut the door to prepare for the noon-time meal. The need is real; the need is huge; my part is small.

Feb 19, 2019 07:03 PM #17
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Lottie, every little bit helps. Keep up the good work!

Feb 19, 2019 08:33 PM #18
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Lottie Kendall
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Thanks, Janna Scharf - this program is needed very much; I'm happy to do my small part.

Feb 19, 2019 09:00 PM #19
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Hi Lottie:

What an impressive program for such a real need! And how rewarding it must be to help out in this way. Thank you for your service!

Jeff

Feb 22, 2019 02:10 PM #20
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - Glide's meal program has been operating for 50 years! Wouldn't it be wonderful if the day came when the need was less instead of greater? 

Feb 22, 2019 02:29 PM #21
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