Thoughts on showing up

"Hey, you been comin' around for a while now, yeah?" and "Oh hey, I remember you guys! What's up?" and "You're in the park every Monday and Friday, right? Every week..." and "You guys are the cool pancake people!" 

Lately, I've been noticing that the consistency of being present is an incredible gift. 
In a city whose culture is permeated with transience, and in a park full of travelers and train-hoppers, consistently showing up is a refreshing change of rhythm. 
I love that we're able to have deeper relationships with our Amigos bible study friends, but sometimes I struggle with not feeling as though I'm connecting in a meaningful way with people in the park. 
Is it really worth it, to have conversations that feel like small talk? But, God has been showing me that being persistently present speaks a powerful word of love to friends in this transient place. 

It says, 
"I am not here to get something from you or to try to fix you. 
I am not just passing through. 
I am just here with you, just sitting and listening and loving and learning alongside you. 
I am not concerned with achieving a result or an efficient outcome. 
I just care about you deeply and love you for you. 
You are worth spending time with and you are valuable in God's sight." 

I pray that God can use my small act of coming to sit with our friends to powerfully communicate His relentless and gently-pursuing love for them!

- Georgia Lee


"For the past 10 years, the San Francisco Outer Circle team has been enjoying a weekly pancake picnic with friends experiencing homelessness in Golden Gate Park. Here is some footage from our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Many thanks to Meredith Stutz for her editing expertise!"

Here is our Video!

SFOC Celebrates 10 Years of Pancakes from Georgia on Vimeo.


So you Wanna Know What You Can Give That Really Helps?

 If you have ever worked at a non profit you have received some terrible well meaning donations.
So a friend asked us what we can REALLY use... So we decided to give you a big list!

Street needs:

·       First and foremost as always, socks and underwear (any traveling kid will be your best friend with a pair of clean socks :)
·       Feminine products
·       Tents
·       Sleeping bags (army bags preferably)
·       Small Tarps (preferably brown or green)
·       Backpacks
·       Goodwill gift card
·       Id voucher
·       Quality counseling sponsor
·       Flywheel coffee gift card
·       Whole Foods gift card
·       Another way for homeless friends to eat on a daily basis in Haight
·       A safe dry place to sleep that allows dogs and significant others and discipleship- a transitional but loving home.
·       Lockers so you can go to appointments or even church easily- without what you own being stolen
·       Friends who are sober to hang out with our friends on the street and do normal life things together!
·       New full time staff!
·       Jobs short and long term- so they can get experience and a more current resume as well as legally earned cash!
·       Vehicles for specific sober friends
·       Travel help- flights or greyhound tickets to go home!

Housewarming gifts for newly housed friends:
·       Laptops
·       George forman
·       Crock pot
·       Electric tea pot
·       Coffee set up
·       Microwave
·       Warm blankets

Stuff our house can use:
·       Financial support to get each staff fully funded- http://www.crmleaders.org/give
·       Airline miles, or sponsor one of our trips!
·       Grocery cards (safeway, whole foods, trader joes, rainbow, foodsco)
·       Gas cards
·       Blankets
·       Small heaters
·       4 Fans   
·       Shelving for storage
·       Back up pancake power box or someone to invent a new awesomer longer lasting system!
·       A 2000+ watt power inverter

We could use your Talents and Connections!
·       Legal council for friends as well as for pancakes as issues arise
·       Personal assistant
·       Wifi consultant to make it reach our whole house!
·       Volunteer counselor for homeless friends who are scared to go to a center or don’t qualify for free counseling.
·       Babysitters (esp during bible study)
·       Handyman
·       Plumber
·       Bible lovers- to guest facilitate bible study on specific topics as they come up! Perhaps a theology nerd?
·       A person older then us who wants to have kids over for tea and cookies and love on them! Be grandma/grandpa for many who don’t have elders.
·       A house sitter who is willing to host kids while we are gone.- Just sleep at our house and make sure people are alive J
·       A musician who can jam with kids
·       Someone who can introduce good Christian hardcore/punk/folk music to our kids!
·       A Job connector please! To connect us or our kids to possible jobs or to hire them! Please!
·       A passionate person to manage our Odd Jobs website- connecting youth to short term odd jobs for individuals and individuals to a person who needs a short job!
·       A job coach- helping kids get to where they want to be!
·       Rainy day or emergency housing- a person we could call when we have someone who really needs housing but we can’t provide it.
·       A writer to collect our stories and write them well
·       A once a year house deep cleaner volunteer group
·       Moms to visit moms for play dates who are holed up in hotels and learning how to parent.
·       We go on retreats a few times a year to pray or to plan for the year, or sometimes when tough stuff happen to get away and pray and process, so houses with 1+ empty bedrooms that are within 2 hours of SF that you would be willing to let SFOC staff stay in for 2 or 3 nights would be lovely.
·       Other random skills we don’t even know you have! – Tell us what you could do for us and we can tell you if a situation comes up where we could need you!

Pancake supplies-
for 1 year we buy in bulk and spend on average: 926.42$ for Syrup, Sugar, Creamer, Coffee, Pancake batter, Forks, Plates, Cups, etc…

Rainbow Gathering Kitchen supplies:
Around 300$ plus gas.

Thanks for caring!

2960 21st Street
SF CA 94110SF CA 94110


Joe's Video!

Here is a link to our 4 min video Paul and Peter made with Joe telling part of his story!

 Joe's Story: Turned around for good




Happy Advent to you all!

In celebration of the end of the year coming up I (Claire) decided to try
and count up all the fun SFOC statistics for this year that I could and share them with you! I used my calendar and our guest book and was amazed and what we came up 
with! Especially considering we were a team of three and then two full time staff this year! The Lord has truly blessed our work. 

 I stuck to the numbers I could prove, 
so some say "over" or "more then" cuz the number is actually way higher but I couldn't prove it on paper. I hope you enjoy this list and we are so grateful for your partnership and friendships this year! 
San Francisco Outer Circle 2014 Statistics:
This year we have:
  • Served over 1680 people pancakes in golden gate park
  • Trained 3 new Bible study facilitators
  • Served thousands of pancakes at the Rainbow Gathering and created a partnership with 3 other Christian kitchens
  • Helped 4 friends into rehab
  • Hosted and trained 9 short term interns
  • Assisted 9 friends in transitioning into housing
  • 15 friends began to get to know Jesus, started attending church and coming to bible studies and small groups.
  • 1 local leader came on staff
  • 5 local pastors began to partner with us in serving our homeless friends
  • 3 friends radically committed their lives to Jesus                      
  • Celebrated birthdays, sobriety anniversaries, memorials and holidays together with homeless friends
  • Housed over 75 guests at our house for short term and emergency stays
  • 1 hair stylist came to the park and cut hair
  • 3+ friends chose not to commit suicide
  • We baptized 1 friend
  • Helped 5 homeless friends reconnect with their family and move back home
  • Let at least 98 people borrow a cell phone to call home for the first time in a very long time. 
  • Mediated complicated dynamics between 3 homeless friends and their family members.
  • Visited 3 friends in the Hospital
  • Shared way over 100 home cooked meals in our living room with homeless friends
  • Visited 1 friend in jail
  • Helped create 2 new videos- http://www.innerchange.org/category/tags/photo-video
  • Hosted InnerChange’s Apprenticeship and SummerXChange Orientations
  • Collected 98 surveys on homeless issues 
  • Began a new prayer and worship time in the park and a new Bible study at a Christ Church which is hospitable to and led by both housed and our un housed friends.
  • Took lots of fun new pictures- https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Francisco-Outer-Circle-InnerChange/63915111179
  • Connected with three families who were willing to host homeless friends in transition and disciple them!
  • And had thousands of conversations with homeless friends old and new!

We are so grateful to the Lord for such an incredible year and excited for the one to come!!!


Our friend Lee helped make a great 3 min film of our teammate Danny telling his story!
Check it out! http://vimeo.com/100744207

Photo: Help us support this guy! We are so excited for him making a 1 YEAR commitment to the sfoc and psyched to have him around!
Danny is working on fundraising and is at 365$/1500$ and is headed into all staff orientation next week and we would love to see him hit a grand, or be fully funded by next monday!
sooooo if you were thinking about donating twards him, here is your reminder!
Contact him at lowcarddan@gmail.com
His fund will be up in the next week or so soon you will be able to support him online at- http://innerchange.org/support -Ill let you know when- 
but he would be encouraged if you let him know if you are thinking of supporting him!



Monday morning I sat down next to Job on our brown plaid picnic blanket. A few others were bustling about setting up to cook pancakes. I asked him how his week was. And he muttered some unintelligible words threaded together as only a maybe 50 year old long term speed user can do, but then pointing at my little book, asked if he could draw. Surprised I immediately found a pen and watched him begin. Circles. Endless circles. Getting deeper. Pushing harder. Almost ripping the paper. I picked up my guitar and began to play. “Give me your hand, and we’ll walk, walk down together” I could watch as the words filled the space bouncing around and calming the area. “lift up your heart and we’ll dream, dream dreams together” And Job began to draw. Slowly but surely. He began to draw. First lines. Then waves. The final product ended when he received his pancake, and wasn’t much to talk about but it was beautiful to me. It was beautiful to see him relax.