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The Gubbio Project

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Photo of Gubbio guests from Choir Loft
Photo of Gubbio guests from Choir Loft enjoying "sacred sleep"

Do you play music? Do you want to offer your skills to improve the lives of our unhoused neighbors? The Gubbio Project invites musicians to play inspiring &/or uplifting music for our unhoused neighbors on Fridays between 1-2pm at beautiful Saint Boniface Catholic Church in the Tenderloin. As they wake from slumber and return to the streets for the weekend, we wish to send them out into the world refreshed. We welcome you to increase the proximity of beauty in the lives of our unhoused neighbors and homeless friends.

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About The Gubbio Project


133 Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

Mission Statement

Yearning for a world healed of violence and injustice,
We of the Gubbio Project embrace our mission:
to cultivate a sense of community--
discovering where it exists,
healing where it is wounded,
nurturing where it is absent;

to be a place for neighbors in the Tenderloin--
to join together, connect and celebrate,

to nurture the capacity of each to be fully alive--
loved and loving,
secure and at home,

to be allies for each other--
to reveal the beauty and dignity of
each person who finds rest in our Church.

November 5, 2008

Our Focus

The Gubbio Project seeks to create a safe place for our homeless neighbors who find refuge in our Church.


In 2003, St. Boniface Neighborhood Center began working toward a concrete response to the increasing numbers of women and men seeking refuge from the streets during the daylight hours, particularly during periods of inclement weather. Working in Collaboration with St. Boniface Church, this response took tangible form in April 2004 with the launching of The Gubbio Project. Inspired by Francis of Assisi's solidarity with and love for the poor and outcast, The Gubbio Project provides a system of outreach, compassionate support services and lots of advocacy. All services are open to anyone regardless of their religious affiliation. We seek to serve those individuals and families who survive without any safety net from the public sector.

Facets of The Gubbio Project include: Outreach workers for those seeking a listening ear, a referral, clothing, a blanket, or just a welcoming presence; maintenance of a quiet, sacred space for prayer, sleep, or meditation; availability of clean, safe restrooms, weekly chair massages offered in collaboration with the Care Through Touch Institute, free haircuts, assistance with housing placement, and assistance with resumes for those seeking to reenter the workforce.

The Gubbio Project is named for an Italian town where, according to legend, St. Francis negotiated a peace agreement between frightened townsfolk and a hungry wolf. Francis brokered a deal between the two parties in conflict by recognizing that with communication they could find common ground. In the Tenderloin, working poor people live next to desperately poor people and sometimes misunderstandings and conflicts occur. The Gubbio Project is a creative response to this situation--helping housed parishioners and visitors of the church connect with their unhoused neighbors. The Gubbio Project believes that by creating opportunities for these two groups to interact and care for each other's needs, the Tenderloin neighborhood will be strengthened.


We'll work with your schedule.


133 Golden GateSan Francisco, CA 94102



  • Music Arts
  • Brass Instrument
  • Keyboard Instrument
  • Singing
  • String Instrument
  • Wind Instrument


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • One-time, one-hour commitment, with the option to return, as desired.
  • Openness to service alongside unhoused folks & to the possibility of transformation in community.

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