San Francisco Night Ministry is a unique spiritual care outreach operating since 1964. Among our multi-faith, non-sectarian services is a night telephone crisis line ("Care Line") staffed by trained volunteers.
Night Ministry Care Line Counselors (CLCs) offer compassionate, non-judgmental support to callers struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety, worry, grief and other concerns. We offer spiritual care that is open and affirming. Our CLCs come from many faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds. We help people make meaning for themselves in line with their own understanding of reality.
During hours when most social service organizations are closed, our night-time Care Line receives 18-20 calls per night, each of which can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Many of our callers face mental and physical health concerns, financial worries and social isolation, and they turn to us for counseling, conversation and referral services. We have three shifts available, from 8pm to 12am; from 10pm to 2am, and from 12am - 4 am (all Pacific time).
We seek CLC volunteers in Hawaii for our third, late night shift, which runs from 9 PM - 1 AM (HST).
Our physical location is in San Francisco, though our volunteers from home. CLCs can be located anywhere in the world. Though we are San Francisco based, we have CLCs from as far away as Hawaii and Ireland. Our CLCs form a community of supportive caregivers, even as we care for others. Join us!
The San Francisco Night Ministry helps our neighbors in great need, when their needs will not be otherwise met in the nighttime hours, and we assist them as we are able in maintaining community at all times. We increase access to the human right of spiritual care -- at night, on the streets, and on the phones. We meet people where they are.
Every night of the year, from 10 PM to 4 AM, the Night Ministry Crisis/Counseling "Care Line" is available to anyone in any kind of need or distress. People call because they are lonely, anxious, depressed, worried, and for many other reasons. Our team of trained, volunteer Care Line Counselors provide compassionate and non-judgmental support to all who call.
During the same night-time hours, Night Ministers offer spiritual care and counseling to individuals on the streets of San Francisco and in bars, coffee shops, transportation centers, hotel lobbies, hospitals, and other places where people gather at night.
Each week, Night Ministry sponsors a variety of community programs, such as Open Cathedrals (two outdoor, ecumenical Christian worship services), Buddhist Meditation Group, and LGBTQA Sacred Space. Emerging programs include Open Shabbat and Yogic Movements.
With respect to our Open Cathedrals, we welcome volunteers donating a meal. A free meal follows both Open Cathedral - Civic Center, which meets every Sunday at 2 PM at Leavenworth and McAllister in San Francisco, and also Open Cathedral - Mission, which meets each Thursday evening at 5:30 PM at the 16th and Mission BART Station.
We also welcome day time volunteers in all areas -- social media, web development, finances, outreach, event support, and more. We can connect your gifts to our needs as you join our welcoming community.
All volunteer opportunities can be done from home.