Pastor Megan Rohrer has served as the Executive Director of Welcome since June of 2002, with a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Rostered by both the Lutheran church (ELCA) and the Episcopal Diocese of California, Megan is called by Santa Maria y Martha, herchurch, and St. Francis Lutheran and St. Aidan’s Episcopal. Megan worked at Project Homeless Connect for two years to learn about how the city of San Francisco responds to homelessness. During that time, the garden for homeless individual managed by Megan won the 2010 Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s Best Community Challenge Grant Project Award and Megan developed the vision and denture processes used by the Everyday Connect program. Megan received an Honorary Doctorate for Community Service from Palo Alto University, August 19, 2012 was named “Pastor Megan Rohrer Day” by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and in February Megan will be receive an honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Facebook Twitter
San Francisco Event Partners:
SF CARES is a collaboration of St. Paulus Lutheran Church, The Night Ministry, Welcome and the Faithful Fools Street Ministry; all faithful organizations who are working together in order to increase our ability to help the underserved in San Francisco. We are particularly passionate about providing opportunities, resources and support for individuals who are poor, homeless, formerly homeless and experiencing mental health or brain disorder issues. Among other things, our collaborators grow and distribute fresh produce, feed communal meals to hundreds each month in a variety of venues, advocate for those we serve, acompany and provide pastoral care for thousands of people each year and dream together of what more we can do next.
Project Homeless Connect is a project of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s office, which is dedicated to connecting homeless and at-risk San Franciscans with the resources and services they need to move forward. Every Day Connect works directly with those seeking services, as well as with case managers and staff from other agencies, to make connections to hard-to-access resources on daily basis with special programming in vision, dental and podiatry services. Facebook Twitter
Emily Cohen is the Director of Every Day Connect and has been working to end homelessness for nearly 10 years through direct service and policy advocacy. She has a Bachelor’s in Politics from the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Kailua-Kona Event Partners:Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity (LCHT) is the southernmost congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and does regular outreach to the homeless and hungry on the Big Island of Hawaii. Serving about one hundred homeless and hungry individuals at a monthly dinner, LCHT will provide support and follow up to participants before and after the event.
Oregon Event Partners:
The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, founded in 1959, serves as the nonprofit arm of the Lions Clubs of Oregon. Serving Oregonians living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty line or families without health insurance, their programs include free health screenings for adults and children, cataract surgeries, corneal transplants, hearing aids, eyeglasses, plus vision and hearing treatments. People in need turn to the Foundation as a last resort for assistance. Because of our partnership with the more than 175 Lions Clubs, the Foundation is a beacon of hope for these individuals.
- St. Paulus Lutheran Church
- The Sam Mazza Foundation
- SF CARES
- The Grace Family Winery Foundation
- The St. Francis Lutheran Church Endowment
- St. Francis Lutheran Church
In-Kind Support Provided By:
- Project Homeless Connect
- The Castro Lions Club
- Be a Dear Donate a Brassiere
- Walgreen's Pharmacy
- St. Paulus Lutheran Church
- Old First Presbyterian Church
- Santa Maria y Martha Lutheran Church
- St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
- First United Lutheran Church
- Vince Donovan
- Raymond's Bakery