While GRIP may have to do an annual meeting every year, no one says it has to be bureaucratic and indoors. Join us on Leap Day, Thursday, February 29th from 5:30pm-7pm, for the most spectacular sunset views in the Bay Area, on the terrace at the Unitarian Universalist...
When people think of a "board of directors" they might imagine an illustrious cabal of gray-haired old men in three-piece suits, maybe seated in leather swivel chairs in a wood paneled office, aka "the Board Room," making plans, the smell of cigar smoke thick in the...
Buying stocking stuffers for the kids, presents for the adults, and family, we know it all adds up, but GRIP's families are getting back on their feet, and their kids deserve the best holiday possible too. GRIP staff has spoken to all the kids at the shelter, and...
The 37th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk to End Hunger & Homelessness on October 28th, 2023 raised $46,266 for the shelter and services, even as additional donations are still flowing in. The event, hosted by KTVU weather anchor Roberta Gonzales and featuring remarks...
Harmony Walk 2023 lineup announced, celebrating with live music, celebs, food trucks, jugglers, bouncy house, crafts for kids on October 28th
GRIP’s 37th annual Harmony Walk to end hunger and homelessness brings the community of Richmond together at Nicholl Park on October 28th, 2023. Harmony Walk registration is on sale now for $37 and the earlier you register, the better! The Greater Richmond Interfaith...
Registration open for the 37th Annual Harmony Walk to End Homelessness & Hunger on Saturday, October 28th
The late Bay Area summer is in full swing, and autumn is just around the corner! Over at GRIP, excitement is building for our 37th annual Harmony Walk. The link to our registration page is live now - please spread the word to your family, friends, coworkers, and...
The dining room is a pivotal part of life. It's where we share meals, make big plans, and talk about our day. It's where stories get passed down from grandparents to grandchildren, where we learn manners, and where we learn to laugh as a family. That's why having a...
Anyone calling the Bay Area home in recent years has witnessed the increasingly overwhelming issues of poverty and homelessness affecting our communities. As wages struggle to keep up with rising rents and affordable housing becomes more scarce, individuals and...
Outside it looked like an ordinary day at GRIP with people lining up to get their trays of food. Unbeknownst to them, inside they would be met by a bassist, a pianist, and a drummer performing iconic Blues music. “When the band started playing today, it was...
The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) Executive Director Ralph Payton's monthly report outlines the organization’s key updates, financials, and programming highlights including a politician's visit, listing of GRIP apartments for sale, and some updates for...
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GRIP Organization and Mission
GRIP is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic coalition of congregations from varied faiths working together as a diverse and inclusive coalition dedicated to helping those of our community in need to transition to self-sufficiency.
Our mission statement: “GRIP provides a safe & nourishing place that helps transform those who are unsheltered and in need move toward self-sufficiency.”
Over the years, GRIP, in keeping with its mission has evolved from a small community food pantry to a multiservice agency, which serves 15,000 homeless, hungry, and low-income consumers annually. GRIP is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors drawn from member congregations, the business community and public-sector agencies.
GRIP’s staff consists of a dedicated group of individuals who have a unique ability to establish rapport with consumers. As a result, GRIP has earned the reputation as a trusted housing and service provider with a proven track record for making inroads with individuals who have histories of chronic homelessness. GRIP, equally, is noted for being fiscally responsible and transparent in accounting practices and reporting. GRIP maintains lines of open communication with its donors, funders, and community supporters.
Each January, GRIP shares an Annual Report with multiple stakeholders at the Annual Meeting. GRIP has provided emergency shelter and housing for families since 1993. The Souper Center provides meals and basic needs to the community since GRIP’s inception in 1966. Our dedicated 41-member congregations are our front line of volunteers and support. This year, GRIP celebrates 50 years providing services to the community.
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GRIP is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Federal Identification Number: 23-7169239
GRIP provides a safe & nourishing p
lace that helps transform those who are unsheltered and in need move toward self-sufficiency.
GRIP is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
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165 22nd Street
Richmond, California 94801