Spiritual, social support & basic needs resources

Black Brothers Esteem (BBE) and community engagement staff curated a list of resources for our community in response to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders. 

Broke But Not Bored 

Broke But Not Bored is a compilation of free or reduced cost events and services for Bay Area communities, compiled by San Francisco AIDS Foundation volunteers. Find the latest issue at

TurnOut Resources 

TurnOut is an Oakland-based nonprofit connecting Bay Area volunteers with LGBTQ+ causes. They have a list of COVID-19 resources, for health, social, housing, financial, legal and LGBTQ+ issues. Find the list here: 

Spiritual and/or Religious Services

Many spiritual and religious services are happening online or virtually.  

Sunday morning meditation:

Free mindfulness and meditation class Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm:

Hartford Street Zen Center: Zazen meditation (LGBTQ-focused):

East Bay Meditation Center groups (POC, LGBTQ, disability-focused):

San Francisco Insight Meditation Community (LGBQ affirming):

Glide Memorial Church:

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (LGBTQ affirming):

Metropolitan Community Church (LGBT affirming):

Sha’ar Zahav Reform Jewish Temple (LGBTQ-focused):

Muslims for Progressive Values – Bay Area (LGBTQ affirming):

Calvary Presbyterian Church (LGBTQ affirming):





Yoga and body movement

There are many free yoga videos available on YouTube. 

Do Yoga With Me has a wide range of yoga videos.  Some require a subscription but there is a HUGE library of free videos for all skill levels and types of yoga practices.  There are also pre-made yoga challenges and meditation videos. 

Qigong is similar to tai chi — a standing, moving meditation. Deeply cleansing and helps move your muscles and joints to keep your energy up. Some videos are free and most are subscription-based. The site is currently offering a free month-long subscription. 

San Francisco AIDS Foundation events 

We’re also conducting many groups and events virtually, including substance use treatment, case management, social support and social events.

Home Support 

The Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) has expanded home care options in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call the helpline at (415) 355-6700 or visit:

Meal Delivery Services and Food Resources

CalFresh: CalFresh food benefits are available to individuals and families who have been impacted by COVID-19. CalFresh provides monthly food benefits based on household income and expenses at the time of application. Even if temporary, individuals and families who have experienced a change in their circumstances may apply for CalFresh through one of California’s 58 counties. Californian’s can visit to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.

Project Open Hand:

Meals on Wheels:

Glide meals:

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality: Martin’s is a free restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs:

St. Anthony’s Dining Room:

Rescue Mission:

Third Baptist:

Bayview Hunters Point Multi-Service Drop-In Center:

Where to go during the day: 

If you can’t return to your shelter bed until later at night, find drop-in spaces and places to charge phones at Project Homeless Connect.

Mental Health & Grief Services

Free grief group:

Mental health resources:

Online grief counseling:

Grief services: