ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA


San Francisco draws visitors and residents from all over the world to take in its beautiful architecture, incredible views, and diverse culture. Mention “The City by the Bay” and people think of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, and the 49ers football team. The romance that draws people to the city can turn into despair and pain for many.

The homeless population grows daily, as outrageous housing costs box even middle class families out of the housing market. Thousands of people live a paycheck away from the streets as the elderly, immigrant families, and others strive to survive the economics of a city bent on gentrification and serving the elite few that can afford to live within her borders. Poverty, drugs, underemployment, literacy, AIDS, crime, and violence take a daily toll on the people of San Francisco.

Looking through Jesus’ eyes at the people and issues that make up San Francisco, There is great hope for the future of San Francisco and her people. Jesus is alive and well in the city! Both small and large organizations, church communities, and followers of Christ seek daily to alleviate the suffering and shine God’s light in very dark places.

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
City Director
Jason and Kim both have a love for youth and missions. When God brought them together, they were excited to share similar passions for ministry, as well as their life together and were married in September 2005. Kim (Turner) Foster was born in the Bay Area in San Jose and raised in the Central Valley, in Turlock, so she’s excited to be home serving in ministry. Kim has an undergraduate degree from CSU Stanislaus in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah. Jason grew up in Salt Lake City and has a youth ministry degree from Trinity International University. The Fosters spent the first part of their life together deploying short–term youth mission teams overseas, so their experience prepared them well for CSM. They are currently making their home in the East Bay with their two children Stephanie and Patrick. When you ask Jason and Kim why they would want to come serve Jesus through CSM they both have no hesitation in saying, “It’s the perfect fit. We get to work with youth, youth workers, seasonal staff and apprentices which we believe is our calling and then on top of that we get to serve in the city among under–served people and be changed by Christ in the city”.
City Director
Jason and Kim both have a love for youth and missions. When God brought them together, they were excited to share similar passions for ministry, as well as their life together and were married in September 2005. Kim (Turner) Foster was born in the Bay Area in San Jose and raised in the Central Valley, in Turlock, so she’s excited to be home serving in ministry. Kim has an undergraduate degree from CSU Stanislaus in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah. Jason grew up in Salt Lake City and has a youth ministry degree from Trinity International University. The Fosters spent the first part of their life together deploying short–term youth mission teams overseas, so their experience prepared them well for CSM. They are currently making their home in the East Bay with their two children Stephanie and Patrick. When you ask Jason and Kim why they would want to come serve Jesus through CSM they both have no hesitation in saying, “It’s the perfect fit. We get to work with youth, youth workers, seasonal staff and apprentices which we believe is our calling and then on top of that we get to serve in the city among under–served people and be changed by Christ in the city”.