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Walking San Francisco's streets with the Night Minister

Many people living in need rely on churches for meals, support or simply a place to get off the street and rest. But like other types of service centers, churches close their doors at the end of the day. And for those without a home or family to turn to, the night can be a long and difficult time.


For the last 52 years, The San Francisco Night Ministry has stayed awake all night so that nobody in need has to face the night alone. They operate a crisis phone line, and they have ordained clergy literally walking the streets of San Francisco all night long.

LYLE BECKMAN: I call it the night ministry saunter. It's kind of ambling around. And we're looking to make eye contact with everyone we meet.

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