Community Resources

Addiction & Recovery
Eating Disorders
Grief & Loss
Health
HIV/AIDS
Hotlines, Violence Prevention, Emergency Services
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex   (LGBTQQI)
Mental Health
Other
Spiritual Communities
Women
Youth

 

Addiction & Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA)
Self-supporting, abstinence-based support group model. Follows the 12 steps as a foundation in recovering from alcohol and other drugs.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA/SA/SAA)
Abstinence-based recovery group for sex and love addicts based on the 12-step model.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Twelve step groups for individuals who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.

COSA
Twelve-step recovery program for people whose lives have been affected by another person's compulsive sexual behavior.

Al-Anon
Twelve step support groups for friends and families of alcoholics.

Life Ring
Secular, abstinence-based recovery groups.

Sober Recovery
Provides links to multiple treatment centers that are “GLBT friendly.”

Harm Reduction Therapy Center
(415) 863-4282
Provides non-judgmental treatment to people with drug and alcohol problems to reduce the negative impacts substances have on people’s lives.

Buddhist Meditation in Recovery Groups:

San Francisco Zen Center
415.863.3136,

San Francisco Buddhist Center
415.282.2018

The following links provide information about alcohol and drug issues, including assessments to help explore your use and evaluate for potential concerns:

Eating Disorders

Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders
Bay Area referrals, treatment options, low-fee clinic referrals, and resources for professionals, patients, and family members impacted by eating disorders.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders
Helpline (630) 577-1330
Dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders: education, referrals to treatment centers, support groups, discussion boards, etc.

National Eating Disorders Association
Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, serving as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Provides information, resources, action-oriented advocacy and media campaigns to educate the public and policymakers.

 

Grief & Loss

Zen Hospice
(415) 863-2910
Provides hospice care, grief support and education for the dying, caregivers and the bereaved, within a frame of mindfulness following the teachings of the Buddha.

Kara
(650) 321-5272 (Palo Alto)
Grief support and education.

Institute on Aging
Support and services to elders, including linkage to adult day programs, in-home support, case management, physical and mental health services, support groups, etc.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention Services
(415) 781-0500
Support groups for people who have lost someone to suicide.

Maitri
(415) 558-3000
Residential care for people living with AIDS.

Pathways
(888) 755-7855
Offers comprehensive health and supportive services: from home health to hospice care; from private duty non-medical attendant to personal care; from elder care to care for children with life-threatening illnesses; from grief support to community education.

Coming Home Hospice
(415) 861-1110, nascar@sutterhealth.org
Residential hospice program providing care and support for clients and their families facing terminal illness.

 

Health

Lyon-Martin Health Services
(415) 565-7667
Primary care for women, transgender and gender-variant people.

Tom Waddell Health Center
(415) 554-2950
Low-cost multidisciplinary primary care clinic. Transgender clinic one day a week.

Magnet
(415) 581-1600
Magnet's vision is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of Gay Men. Services include harm-reduction based counseling and STI testing.

Health Initiatives for Youth
(415) 274-1970
Multicultural organization aiming to improve the health and well-being of underserved young people through youth leadership, education, and advocacy, in pursuit of multi-level social change.

Women's Community Clinic
(415) 379-7800
Low-cost women’s health services.

Women’s Cancer Resource Center
(510) 601-4040
Education, referral hotline, support groups, advocacy, outreach program, etc.

Dimensions Clinic
(415) 934-7789
Low-cost health services for queer, gender variant, and questioning youth ages 12-25.

Institute on Aging (see description above)
Main Website and Support groups

Glide
(415) 674-6000
Aims to create an inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Offers a myriad of services from health to housing for adults, youth and families.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza
(415) 229-0500
Promotes the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial youth through mental health services, HIV-related and social services including health promotion and prevention, early intervention, case management, clinical mentoring, family support, comprehensive behavioral health services, and cultural/spiritual activities.

Kaiser Permanente Resources and Classes
(415) 833-3450
Offers classes and resources on multiple subjects including bereavement, stress management, parenting, HIV support, anger management, mindfulness meditation, smoking cessation, etc. Many classes are available to non members, some are offered free of charge, all require registration.

Visiting Nurses Association
(415) 600-0400
Hospice and home care services within San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

Pathways
(888) 755-7855
Offers comprehensive health and supportive services: from home health to hospice care; from private duty non-medical attendant to personal care; from elder care to care for children with life-threatening illnesses; from grief support to community education.

 

HIV/AIDS

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
(415) 487-3000
HIV testing, services, support groups, events, advocacy network.

Stop AIDS Project
(415) 575-0150
Works toward the prevention of HIV transmission among all gay, bisexual, and transgender men in San Francisco through multicultural, community-based organizing and events.

Native American AIDS Project
(415) 431-6227
Provides culturally specific HIV prevention and care services to Native Americans in California.

Positive Resource Center
(415) 777-0333
Provides comprehensive, specialized, culturally competent, free legal benefits representation within a harm reduction and client-centered context to people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health issues.

AIDS Health Project
(415) 476-3902
Provides psychological support services and trainings.

API Wellness Center
(415) 292-3400
Health services, education, research and policy organization dedicated to educating, supporting, empowering and advocating for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities-particularly A&PIs living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

BLACK Coalition on AIDS, Inc.
(415) 615-9945
Focuses on reducing disparities in the Black community, particularly the spread of HIV/AIDS. Provides health and wellness services including housing, education, advocacy, case management and other health-promoting activities.

  

Hotlines, Violence Prevention & Emergency Services

Suicide Prevention Hotline
(415) 781-0500
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National
24-hour crisis line provides immediate crisis intervention and emotional support. Also offers grief groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Talk Line Family Support Center
(415) 441-KIDS (5437)
Promotes healthy families through a variety of programs, including a 24-hour crisis line, parent and child counseling, parent drop-in center, children's playroom, job assistance, and other family support services.

Child Crisis
(415) 970-3800
For any youth-related emergency or abuse reporting.

Rape Crisis Line (San Francisco Women Against Rape)
(415) 647-7273
24-hour support, information and resources for survivors of rape and sexual assault, friends, family members and others. Counselors are trained in areas such as sexual harassment, incest, child sexual assault, same-sex sexual assault, domestic violence, ritual abuse, suicide prevention, male survivors and stalking.

Safety Line (Communities United Against Violence)
(415) 333-HELP (4357)
LGBTQ anti-violence organization. Peer-counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project
Emergency line 1-800-832-1901 (based in Boston)
Crisis intervention, support and resources for victims and survivors or domestic abuse.

California Courts Self-Help
Assistance with restraining orders, child custody, criminal justice system, etc.

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)
(415) 861-2024
Provides resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals, and communities in San Francisco that are responding to, healing from, and struggling to end sexual violence.

Trauma Recovery Center / Rape Treatment Center
(415) 437-3000
Promotes healing through respectful, compassionate, and effective mental health and medical services.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex   (LGBTQQI)

Communities United Against Violence (CUAV)
See above for description
(415) 777-5500

Transgender Law Center
(415) 865-0176
Civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities.

EL-LA
Supporting the Trans-Latina community in and around the Mission.

Intersex Society of North America
Support, advocacy and education for and about intersexed individuals

National Center for Lesbian Rights
(415) 392-6257
Legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center
(415) 865-5555
Provides a multitude of services supporting the LGBTQQI communities.
Queer Resource Directory - link to numerous resource pages via SF LGBT Center.

Billy DeFrank Community Center (Silicon Valley)
(408) 293-3040
Resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness in the Silicon Valley area.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association/Gay & Lesbian Physician Referral
(415) 255-4547
Aim is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers through a myriad of projects and initiatives.

Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE SF/Bay Area)
(415) 861-5437
National movement of youth and adults with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parent. Fosters youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
(415) 921-8850
Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Bay Area Bisexual Network (BABN)
Supporting a healthy, vibrant, multicultural bisexual community in the San Francisco Bay Area and promoting a better understanding of bisexual lives and issues within the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community and the public.

Pacific Center for Human Growth
(510) 548-8283
Low-fee counseling, peer groups, youth services and community resources for LGBTQQI populations.

LYRIC
(415) 703-6150
Various support services for LGBTQ youth.

 

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
(800) 950-NAMI
A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization for and comprised by consumers, families, and friends of people with mental illness.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
(415) 449-1200
Provide a wide range of social services support to people of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds including families, older adults, LGBT individuals and people with disabilities. Among other services JFCS offers adoption services, domestic violence prevention, case management, advocacy, mentoring, assisted living, parenting classes and youth leadership programs.

Icarus Project
A network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are commonly diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. Also see Bay Area Collective

Kaiser Permanente Resources and Classes
(415) 833-3450
Offers classes and resources on multiple subjects including bereavement, stress management, parenting, HIV support, anger management, mindfulness meditation, smoking cessation, etc. Many classes are available to non members, some are offered free of charge, all require registration

 

Other


Attune Calendar
Calendar listing of workshops, groups and classes for clients and health care practitioners in Santa Clara and San Mateo County.

 

Spiritual Communities


Glide
(415) 674-6000
Aims to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Offers a myriad of services from health to housing for adults, youth and families. Also provides Sunday services or “celebrations” welcoming of diverse populations.

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
(415) 861-6932
Progressive Reform Jewish congregation in San Francisco for people of all sexual identities.

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
(415) 776-4580
The Mission of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco is to be a sanctuary for individual religious growth and learning, to celebrate life and worship in diverse fellowship, to bear witness to suffering and joy, and to work for peace and justice in our world.

St. Marks Lutheran Church of San Francisco
(415) 928-7770 | info@stmarks-sf.org
All-inclusive Christian congregation.

American Muslim Faith Foundation
(650) 387-1994
A grassroots, nonviolent, inclusive, civil, immigrant and human rights organization with the intention of fostering connections among all Americans through education and cultural events.

LGBTQQI Buddhist Meditation groups - The following bay area organizations hold Buddhist meditation groups for the LGBTQQI communities (all links below):

 

Women


Women of Color Resource Center
Promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the US.

Women's Initiative for Self-Employment
(415) 641-3460
Business management courses, financial services including loans, technical support, peer support groups, and coaching.

Women's Law
Free legal information and online support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Women's Building
(415) 431-1180
A multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-service center for women and girls. Their mission is to provide women and girls with the tools and resources they need to achieve full and equal participation in society.

 

Youth

See above sections:

  • Health
  • Hotlines, Violence Prevention & Emergency Services
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex

 

 


 

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