Living Sanctuary at Calvary

In accordance with Micah 6:8, Calvary is committed to the biblical teaching to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. Welcoming and walking with immigrants and refugees in our city has been a long-time commitment for our congregation, even before we became a sanctuary church in 2018.

With your participation and support, Calvary will continue and expand this work, growing the impact we can make in San Francisco, the Bay Area and the world. We invite you to join us and get involved with Calvary’s Living Sanctuary Team.

Calvary Answers A Knock at the Door

Learn about one family’s journey from Honduras to San Francisco and how Calvary responded with hospitality and compassion.

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URGENT – Seeking employment opportunities for adults we are supporting: All of the working adults have experienced job hour reductions or losses since the COVID shutdown in March. These adults want to earn a living to support their families. They have experience cleaning, painting, construction support and cooking. They’re also willing to learn new skills such as gardening work. Jobs that don’t involve English or super-specialized skills are preferred. If you know of either short- or longer-term employment opportunities that could be a fit for these parents, please contact Stephanie ( or Sylvia (


Calvary and Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal and Support Services invites you to use your talents, skills, compassion and commitment to volunteer. We are actively seeking volunteers in five categories to help Center for Immigration staff serve vulnerable migrants in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties:

  1. Lawyers, in partnership with dedicated staff attorneys, will work with clients in deportation or in guardianship proceedings.
  2. Application assistants, under the supervision of expert staff, will prepare DACA and Naturalization applications.
  3. Office volunteers will assist with mail sorting and filing, phone calls and other office tasks.
  4. Spanish-speaking bilingual translators and interpreters will assist our clients and staff.
  5. Volunteers will mentor our unaccompanied minors, most of whom are Spanish speaking.

Volunteering locations:
• 1390 Mission Street, San Francisco
• 36 37th Avenue, San Mateo
• Remote locations

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please contact: Jane Manning Hyatt, Elder, Faith in Action, International at


Throughout the year, we offer one-time and ongoing serving opportunities. The Living Sanctuary team and its supporters have helped our immigrant friends by:

  • Writing letters of support to immigrants in detention. 
  • Attending court hearings and appointments (once in-person court hearings resume).
  • Assisting with written and verbal translation opportunities. We’re in urgent need of Spanish-speaking volunteers!
  • Connecting immigrants to local resources: sharing information about pop-up food pantries, pro-bono legal services, and other community partners.
  • Creating a small COVID-19 emergency fund since undocumented immigrants aren’t eligible for many government programs. In 2020, we raised $3,000 and matched it with $2500 from the church’s operating budget for a total of $5500! We’ve already used some of the funds to help pay rent for several families.
  • Reaching out to our networks to help find odd jobs. Many of the adults we support either lost their jobs or their hours were decreased.
A Calvary Living Sanctuary mission trip

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Living Sanctuary programs are made possible by the generosity of members and friends; by supporting Calvary you are making a difference in the lives of immigrants and refugees. 

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