Anyone who has recently walked the streets of San Francisco could tell you that the city feels divided, with tech IPOs driving increasing rents and the bottom falling out for innovative support services for people increasingly in distress.
Liberation Institute is just such a support service. We are a grassroots 501c3 nonprofit that has provided San Francisco with mental health and wellness services for over 10 years.
We believe that mental healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. As such, we offer our services on a full, sliding scale, down to $1 a session. Thanks to the hard work of our small (but dedicated) management team and a passionate and heartfelt group of 60 volunteer clinicians, we serve 500 people a week - all while receiving $0 in government funding.
Liberation Institute’s philosophy of "Liberation for Everybody" has given us the opportunity to support a full range of San Francisco clients from tech executives to the homeless. Because all therapists are volunteers, the high fee clients have always supported the low fee clients and covered our operating costs. Unfortunately, rents continue to rise and the need among the underprivileged is growing (at present, 90% of our clients are low income and 75% are below the poverty level). Consequently, while our frugal, scrappy and passionate model for community mental health continues to fuel most of our incredible efficiency and scale; to continue to serve San Francisco’s most vulnerable, we need to raise additional funds, immediately.
In times of increasing inequality, polarization and isolation, we believe that healing the hearts and minds of all San Franciscans (regardless of ability to pay) is more important than ever before. We also know that healing and growth generate a ripple effect that fortifies the entire community. Because it takes a village, we are inviting our fellow San Franciscans and Community-oriented businesses and organizations to join us.
Let’s rekindle the heart of San Francisco, a city known for openness, compassion, acceptance and love!
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