The Gubbio Project, San Francisco
Inspired by Francis of Assisi’s solidarity with and love for the poor and outcast, The Gubbio Project provides sanctuary for up to 150 homeless and displaced brothers and sisters every weekday from 6 am to 1 pm who sleep on the pews of St. Boniface church in the Tenderloin. It is one of the only projects of its kind in the nation and for many of the men and women who seek refuge here, it is the only safe place in the city where they can find rest for body and soul. The Project also provides a system of outreach and compassionate support services, including clothing vouchers, referrals, blankets, toiletries, Friday morning breakfasts, and counseling. All services are open to anyone regardless of their religious affiliation and there are no barriers to entry.
The Gubbio Project is named for the story of the Wolf of Gubbio. It is a story about the transformation that occurs when we focus on the needs and the dignity of the other. St. Francis not only negotiates a peace between a wolf and the people of the town of Gubbio, but builds relationship between the two, and in the end, the wolf becomes Brother Wolf. That’s what we are about creating here at Gubbio.
The Gubbio Project invites a field education student to explore firsthand what it means for a church to be a sanctuary, to build bridges between the housed and unhoused (the churched and unchurched), and to work among one of our nation’s most marginalized populations.
There are many possible serving/learning opportunities at the Gubbio Project. Our current Field Ed student works as a chaplain to our guests and as an outreach person to the Protestant Churches in the Bay Area. Our last Field Ed student worked on nonprofit administration for a semester streamlining our information systems. What interests you about a nonprofit working closely with a church in the opening of sacred space to our unhoused brothers and sisters for rest? Areas of growth at the Gubbio Project include expanding our work with other churches; working more closely with the many organizations that work with homeless people in the area; and doing more with the middle and high schools that want to experience our work and learn about homelessness. If any of these areas interest you or if you see other possible ways of connecting, please consider contacting me. Before you do, however, please check out our website, www.thegubbioproject.org, and view the 7 minute video there. I look forward to hearing from you.
Monthly Stipend: $400
Car Required?: No
133 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102