tv Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora CW December 19, 2010 8:00am-8:30am PST
welcome to the show. i am susan secora. i promise you, there's no one here today who wants to badger you for money. while this economy challenges all of us more than we expected, there are the poor of the community for whom hard times are nothing new. our city's glide memorial church continues to lend a hand
and a meal to those in need. here's how to tell you how to help, reverend cecil williams and his wife. our annual visit. year after year after year. >> finally got the clothes down, right? >> he didn't want to show his -- >> seriously now, last year, you were here, times were grim and it was a grim story, everybody is hurting, nonprofits are for sure. any better now? >> you want to answer that? >> no. >> it's not better. it's been cumulative in terms of demand for services going up. cumulative also, on the other side, revenue going down. we have experienced overall in the last couple years, 15%
decline in revenue and 30% increase in the need. we see the growing growing growing lines of people persistently every day and now people who have to come at 5:30 after their jobs to stand in line -- >> not only have the working poor, but the poor who had job and are not working anymore. >> new people in our lines, those who are jobless, unemployed. that really gets to us. i would think also, it's very hard for somebody to -- we talked about this at the san francisco food bank, for somebody to go the first time in their lives and ask for help. how do you ensure their dignity? >> i think we try to have the dignity before they get there. when they get there they sense we have the presence with
them, can emphasize, feel the pulse beat, work with them rather than have them get in line. it's important; people need to know people care for them no matter the circumstances. we try to show them we care for people. that way we think that passes on the dignity, keeps it going. keeps it going. >> let's talk about some of the biggest deeds right now. what do you need right now? >> money. >> our revenue is down. we need every day, not just the holidays. we have a huge toy distribution we are doing on tuesday of this coming week, and we are hoping to give thousands of toys to thousands of children, this year particularly, the need will be high if the numbers prove -- increasing, as they have been.
we will feed -- >> joe bets is coming in, as he has for year and serving prime rib. prime rib. >> donated? >> yes. >> over 2000-pounds of prime rib. >> on christmas eve. >> and christmas day we will serve thousands of meals, up to 6000, turkey, ham, dressing, all the trimmings. >> you have splurnlg once in a while. >> do you have to prove you're in need, submit paperwork? >> no way. >> if you are in that line, you need it. we unconditionally accept everybody who comes through the doors. no requirement, no prerequisites -- >> that doesn't mean everything will be perfect and all right.
that may be somebody, several people will try to hustle what we would call, hustle, you have to accept that. >> yeah. >> there are people -- the greater need has to do with people who really, really need, rather than those who would manipulate the situation. >> maybe i am naive, but if somebody is in that situation, trying to hustle, if you will, if you are at this point, maybe you are in more need than you know. to do that. maybe the hustle is to be entertaining at dinner? >> part of the dignity you ask about. when you don't question people, you -- we let people know, it's okay, you don't have to feel ashamed, all of us are vulnerable, know what it means to be rejected, out there in need. we are not about judging,
pitting. we're about caring and loving somebody, saying you are part of this human family. >> and we are interested in empowering people to feel their own power, have something in regards to making decisions about their own destiny. hopefully they can do things for themselves and will do things, and grow, and recover, and become new people. that's what we're trying to do. >> is that hard, to give people hope right now? >> yes. >> i bet you see faces on the line, people who didn't think they would be on the line that long or that often. >> you either, professional person, be back on his feet. >> what's tragic also, a lot of folks go into drugs to try to feel better. >> or feel nothing. >> right. therefore, we have people who
have never had drugs before, find they have to have drugs, at least to numb themselves. >> also, the violence becomes a bigger problem. >> they get desperate. what we are trying to address. by coming together as a family, giving opportunity for people to talk, be able to say what they feel, we have open forums weekly so people can talk about their feelings, but we feel that's a way to provide dignity also, a sense of community. >> you meet a stranger in the same boat and say you know what, it's a sharing support group. we are taking a break but will come back and talk about the empowerment, the programs, besides feeding people who are hungry, can show up a day or more if they need, and what you can do.
there's a new christmas cd? >> yes. we will tell you where you can get it. >> with us is reverend cecil williams and his wife -- not just his wife -- >> i am now founding president, i was president, executive director until three years ago. >> how many programs are you supervising now? >> we have two wonderful co- executive directors supervising the program, thank goodness. >> there you go. >> 87 programs, include a
wonderful, wonderful primary, mental health clinic, recovery programs, battered woman's program. educational programs for kids, literacy, we serve thousands of people a year. antiviolence is very much a part of what we're trying to do with people, and circumstances. we would like to have people find other ways of expressing their violent tendencies. that means what you have to do is love folks, care, talk with people, be with people, reach out, be different in what we do, rather than putting restrictions on people, saying to them you are no good, we can't trust you, not going to be with you, you have to pay for what you have done. all that kind of stuff. what we want to do more than anything is reach out to folks, say, "i care." two basic things we talk about at glide, we try to live, one
is unconditional love and the other is unconditional acceptance. people are tired of being rejected. setting up the adversarial relationship doesn't get you where you want to go. i love the fact you are inclusive and that this is a husband and wife ministry. my own church, take note -- because, you wouldn't get all this done without her, right? >> there is no doubt about it. let me tell you something: i am convinced that if i had tried to do what is being done without her, i would have been locked up a long time ago. >> really? >> the mental institution -- >> know he's not violent. >> it was christ who said, the poor you always have with you. you get up and face this 24/7, people say oh, they get paid --
well, you have to live, but you don't get up and say we're getting near the end of it, everybody's fine. there's more. >> every day, 365, all the programs are open and free to the public, to people who qualify in terms of poverty. like for our clinic. we don't turn people away if they can't copay. it's a phenomenon. >> like you say, there's more, there is more. why it's important for people to work, volunteer, and give money year-round. it's not enough to just -- >> let's get to that. i think there are people -- i gave you a check two years ago -- not saying how much, but wasn't very much. i couldn't do this last year, then this year i thought -- i will, half of what i -- financially a tough time. i thought why not do what you are saying, do something, don't -- it's your pride that says well, if i don't give enough
they will think this or that. the point is -- is there something too low? i can give 5 bucks, well, you >> you made the great point. if everybody in the bay area gave a dollar, what would that do? it would be phenomenal. >> when you think about 46 years on the job, i have to say this about cecil, i am a little biased, but he's the driving force, the guy who makes people believe they are loved, and beloved. he mean its. they change, feel loved, believe they are worthy of love. it's hard not to love back think about that. people give a dollar, say they care, support glide, they are saying you deserve it. you are a human being, worthy,
you deserve us trying to be a family together. >> some people, maybe now, maybe the holidays aren't going to work for you. if you can, give a little. but maybe you say i will wait -- february, february of still hungry, homeless. >> and we didn't solve the problem in two months or two days. it's always there. what we try to do is keep finding ways to create a new response for humanity, for everybody. i mean literally everybody. >> it has to be difficult. a lot of the work you mention is to get people on their feet. to get them back with maybe job training skills. i know those programs go on at glide. how difficult now to say keep going, get in, learn a skill. but then you know, when this
person has the skill, the job isn't there. we have been hit in california. >> it's true, the federal cut- backs impacted everybody in the nonprofit arena, affected some of our programs, we had to cut back. had to lay people off also. that's not news for anybody. we're not in the boat alone on that one. we learned over the decades that we have to have the spark that says we have to keep hope alive. >> we have to continue to be persistent, consistent and meet the needs no matter what. okay, you are giving me the hook. you can go to the website and donate. you can donate time if they can't give money. >> do you want groceries,
clothing? >> the more practical -- >> [indiscernible] we can use the food too. >> glide.org, go there, find everything you need. don't forget the cd, how much is that? >> $10. >> and it's a buy. >> thank you. >> we wish you a happy 29th anniversary. >> thank you, she remembered. >> thank you. > wish you a happy holiday. >> thank you very much, i will pray for you if you pray for me. we got a deal and a date back here next year. >> give what you can, a little, a lot, whatever. stay with us. we'll be back with more.
getting kids to eat healthy? this consultant, chef, author is determined to get america's kids healthy. her organization, "shine the light on kids." patty james, your book is called "more vegetables, please" >> there is a problem in this country, america's kids are -- well, obese, heavier than they should be at their age.
>> yes. >> why is this so ram pant? >> there's a lot of reasons, you can talk about some of the things like high fructose corn syrup, jumping food -- all those things, but i spent a year traveling the country talking to kids, 41 states, asking them the same 25 questions. there's a theme out there. >> we need to slow down a little bit. good, well-meaning parents keep their kids so busy. soccer, and this and that, then no room to cook dinner, sit at the table and say how was your history test today? >> i believe that will keep our kids safe and healthy. away from the junk food.
personally. >> let's talk about what the kids told you. >> young, old, teenage -- >> south chicago, manhattan -- >> what did you find out? >> there's a theme. one question, and i will -- one question was when you need good quick energy, what foods do you want? i asked parent what they think the kids say? soda, energy drink, granola bar. the number one answer was apple. the kids' number one answer, but they had a ho-ho for breakfast. >> son only a state university, i sent them the videos, almost
far analyzing, but the number one answer was apples. >> we had to talk to them. >> because they like apples, and -- >> they want apples all the time, across the country. i just started to laugh. >> what are the surprises from the process? >> i thought i would see more regional differences, but no, number one answer, favorite, was pizza. >> steak, believe it or not, the rest of the plate better be veggies.
i ask what vegetables you ate yesterday, sometimes it was let lettuce on my sandwich. >> how kids eat healthier food is to have them be part of the process. >> everybody likes choices. >> they have soccer practice and don't have time -- >> no, tonight we're having turk mete loave and -- you give them choices, salad or broccoli. don't give up. keep trying. >> how does shine the light work? >> this year was our big
foundation year as far as collecting data. i had 25 questions and there were a lot of surprises. i knew i had to do this. as soon as we are done with the analyzing the information will be available to everyone. >> including michele obama? >> everyone. >> the labels on food, what about that? >> they are aware of it, some kids think they know it, the basics, say, that it's two servings but might not know things like how much -- if it says 10-grams of protein, what does that mean in your body? >> it's all education. >> you gather the information -- >> going to get it to the right
people. >> then hopefully what? >> we're developing health programs for the kids, by the kids. one tip for mom or dad tonight? >> have the kids in the kitchen with you, and slow down. what will keep your kids healthy and safe is you. >> we thank you, patty james. for more information, visit pattyjames.com, or shine the light on kids.org. >> we will look for the results in the future. we are leaving you with michael some you michael -- smuin's christmas ballet. > >> ♪ there's a newborn king to