Faithful Fools Street Ministry
The Faithful Fools Street Ministry was founded in 1998 as an educational and charitable 501(c)3 organization when the ministries of the Rev. Dr. Kay Jorgensen and Sr. Carmen Barsody, OSF converged in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.   The Faithful Fools and UUFRC have a long, shared association with Unitarian Universalism through Rev. Kay.

The Faithful Fools are a community of presence in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, where poverty is a lived reality.  Their ministry of accompaniment and advocacy bears witness to poverty and shatters myths about its effects on us all.  The Faithful Fools create art and education programs that give people from all walks of life the opportunity to build community by growing their talents and getting to know each other.  Out of these relationships of mutual respect – and hopefully, trust – emerges a community of accompaniment in which we see each other through life’s ups and downs.  By walking together, fools find support as they live through major life changes, such as birth and marriage, finding housing or disability benefits, and accessing medical or mental health services.    Fools believe in each individual’s incredible worth, and all comers are welcome to participate.

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Faithful Fools Street Ministry
234 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-474-0508

Fools Mission

Fools mission is a consciousness-raising ministry of multiculturalism and supportive companionship.  Since 2012, Fools Mission has embraced the Way of the Fool- the archetypal trickster figure who disrupts rigid or decaying cultures through art, humor, and radical compassion.

Governed by an egalitarian circle of covenanted fools, Fools Mission deliberately builds community among people who have access to wealth and privilege and those who do not.  Through witness, accompaniment, education, and advocacy, Fools Mission cultivates empathy and friendship across socially-constructed boundaries of identity, such as class, race, language, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual preference, or educational achievement.  Fools expand their emotional range by practicing expressive arts as an antidote to depression, apathy, cynicism, and despair.  Wherever fools encounter bureaucracy – such as applications for public benefits, medical appointments, or court hearings – they practice a voluntary life of service as an alternative to provider/client models.  As fools are often overheard to say, “It’s a great day to be a fool.”

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