Our Legacy Supporters

Our Legacy Supporters

As you consider being part of the GLIDE movement for years to come, meet some people like you who have made unconditional love and acceptance part of their life stories.

Crickette Brown Glad

I have so much to be grateful for, including a wonderful marriage and three now-grown, adopted children. Anchoring my family and so much more in my life is a relationship with God.

I express much of my gratitude through my volunteer work at GLIDE. So many people are in situations beyond their control. GLIDE’s mission is profound and powerful. Its work affects me every time I walk down the street and into the building. While we are a church, that’s not what we’re about. Each of us is called on to be the person that Jesus would want us to be. We don’t judge. We love unconditionally. Everyone is equal: all races, sizes, colors and sexual orientation.

It took a while for me to get to GLIDE. God dropped hints in my lap several times. Others said, “Have you tried GLIDE.” Finally I checked it out. In my very first visit I sat in back of the church. I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve been attending ever since.

Sadly, my husband passed away a few years back. After a period of grieving, I was asked to join GLIDE’s board. Prior to his death I was a full-time artist; however, I chose to put this aside. I asked myself, “What can I do to be more helpful?” Art is now a hobby as I’ve become a full-time philanthropist.

I’ve left a bequest in my will to GLIDE because of all that accomplishes for others, and for me. I’m here in the service of God, and that’s what I’m supposed to do.

Mary Glide

I’m the proud great-great-granddaughter of Lizzie Glide. In 1929, she purchased a parcel of land at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor streets in San Francisco. Two years later, construction of GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church was completed. The cornerstone still reads, “A house of prayer for all people.”

As a younger person, I was always curious about our family’s connection. My mom had us kids volunteering in the kind of things that GLIDE was doing like handing out toys to children and stuffing envelopes for advocacy work. Even without the history, my family culture of giving back to the community was strong.

Then one day I walked into GLIDE and saw all of these people working to try to make things better in a culture of acceptance for all. It’s very inspiring and I’m energized every time that I walk in, which gets me through the next week.

My family and GLIDE have inspired me to continue my commitment to our community. I’ve participated in a mentoring program for women in tech, I chaired the board of Mary Elizabeth Inn (founded by Lizzie Glide), and in 2010, I started GLIDE Kids, a program that runs concurrent with Sunday Celebration, giving children an opportunity to be creative and experience community through storytelling. We let these kids form their own opinions and they come out stronger.

It’s important to help other organizations while we are here. Future generations need to have this same community and a place to go when they need a hand. I’m proud to have included GLIDE in my estate plan, among other nonprofits, to keep on doing great work after I’m gone.