Singers of the Street (S.O.S.) is a San Francisco-based community choir for people affected by homelessness. More than a dozen choirs of a similar focus are already operating successfully in Texas, Chicago, Washington D.C., Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Their success has been threefold:
  1. Providing participants with a strong sense of purpose, achievement, team-building, socialization, community, and 'family'.
  2. Building participants' self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect via audience appreciation.
  3. Giving audiences a positive, personal, and human experience of people who are homeless and disadvantaged.
Founded and directed by conductor Dr. Kathleen McGuire, rehearsals commenced on September 8, 2010, and the group's first appearance was on September 24, 2010, as guests at Freedom Dreams, a concert presented by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. S.O.S. sings a variety of music styles, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and musical tastes of the S.O.S. membership. For more details, visit our MUSIC page.

The proposal of a Sit-Lie Law on San Francisco's November 2010 ballot provided the impetus to launch  S.O.S. in the fall of 2010 in time to raise voices in response. Former S.O.S. member Ludmila Bordei wrote this commentary following the group's first two performances: S.O.S. choir for the homeless or disadvantaged..

In July 2012, S.O.S. represented the USA via music video at an international concert featuring 300 homeless performers at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), in conjunction with the Olympics.

In May 2013The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts selected S.O.S. as a SEMI-FINALIST in the Community Chorus performance category.

MISSION STATEMENT: Raising voices for justice, healing, and joy.


S.O.S. appreciates the support of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, St. Paulus Lutheran Church, San Francisco, Congregational Church of San Mateo United Church of Christ (CCSM), and Calvary Presbyterian Church congregations dedicated to social justice advocacy. S.O.S. also relies upon the generosity of donors, foundations, and in-kind supporters.

Tax deductible donations can be made to Welcome with S.O.S. in the memo line. Click on the DONATE button on the top right of this page.