Category Archives: Our Perspective

  1. A message to our community in response to the wildfires

    Dear Friends, On any one day, week or month there are certainly tragic events in our lives. But it seems over the past few weeks there’s been a disproportionate number, with the catastrophic fires in the North Bay, the Las Vegas shootings, numerous hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean, and earthquakes in Mexico. On top of…

  2. A letter from a Larkin Street alum

    From time to time, young people reach out to us to let us know the impact our programs had on their lives. We received the letter below recently and we were so moved by the story, we asked its author if we could share it with our supporters. I am contacting Larkin Street Youth Services…

  3. A Message from Sherilyn, Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Dear Friends, As we head into cooler fall and winter months, my thoughts inevitably turn to the more than 1,300 young people sleeping on the street in San Francisco every night. This number is both a source of frustration and hope. The Point in Time count conducted by the City of San Francisco, along with…

  4. Hate has no place here

    To our young people, staff and community, In the wake of the hateful people and ideas behind the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Larkin Street rejects the hatred, violence and ideology driving the…

  5. We need your help! Support state funding for runaway and homeless youth

    Larkin Street has joined the National Network for Youth to encourage sustained funding and congressional support for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act (EHCY), and we need your help! We urge everyone who is concerned with the well-being of children, families, and youth to take the…

  6. A Message from Sherilyn, Spring 2017

    Dear Friends, Spring is a time of anticipation: from warmer weather to upcoming graduations. This year, we’re also anticipating significant social, economic and political changes. Many of you have asked recently how the President’s proposed discretionary budget will affect our work. The truth is, we don’t know yet. For example, Congress typically makes changes to…

  7. Grateful for Community, Grateful for You

    No matter how we celebrate the holidays, we all share a desire for connection and community. For young people at-risk of homelessness, this time of year can be especially challenging. Nearly half have been physically abused by a caretaker, and many are also escaping sexual or emotional abuse. Larkin Street provides not only housing for…

  8. Vote Yes on J and K to address SF’s homelessness crisis

    San Francisco’s homeless service providers are in agreement: Props J and K must pass to provide essential funding that addresses our homelessness crisis! Experts in the field, including our Executive Director Sherilyn Adams, submitted the following op-ed with our position: On July 1, San Francisco took a bold step toward ending chronic homelessness with the…

  9. Vote No on Q: Larkin Street’s Mary Kate Bacalao op-ed in San Francisco Examiner

    Mary Kate Bacalao, Larkin Street‘s Director of Public Funding, was featured in the San Francisco Examiner on behalf of the San Francisco Homeless Emergency Services Providers Association and Larkin Street this week. Her op-ed is posted here online, and we’ve included the full content below, too! Most importantly, please vote on Tuesday! We recommend a ‘no’ vote…

  10. Mindfulness – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

    “All Things Grow with Understanding” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995. Mindfulness is about being in the present moment instead of being lost in…