Beloved S.F. homeless nonprofit practically disappeared prior to a flood of donations buoyed it

Two months in the past, San Francisco’s beloved Gubbio Project appeared possible to go the way of so a lot of other city organizations and nonprofits combating via a soul-crushing and finance-battering pandemic. It appeared likely to quietly fold up and disappear.

But San Francisco Chronicle viewers proved to be a compassionate and generous bunch. Just after a column on the most likely finish of the nonprofit that offers a room for “sacred sleep” for homeless men and women appeared two months back, readers contributed an eye-popping $56,000 moreover one more $13,000 in pledges to donate later on.

I checked my prolonged-neglected mail pile in the newsroom recently and located an anonymous letter with $400 tucked inside of for the Gubbio Venture. I sent it to Lydia Bransten, the nonprofit’s new director, at St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal Church in the Mission that hosts the Gubbio Venture.

“We’ve been having wonderful letters and checks occur in,” she claimed. “I’m incredibly uplifted by the generosity of the people of San Francisco.”