Waller Center

An Urban Retreat and Community Center Located in the heart of San Francisco The Waller Center is a new urban retreat and community center nestled in the neighborhood of Cole Valley and adjacent to Haight Ashbury, officially opened its doors to the community on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Operating under the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of the Cal-Nev Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

California-Nevada Conference, The United Methodist Church

Fire Update from Conference Director of Disaster Response as of 7/28/18


National Council of Churches in the Philippines

The Council, and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the agency from which Tawanda Chandiwana received his Christian commission, are launching a worldwide campaign to call public attention to the plight of Tawanda and two other missionaries who were in the country fulfilling their commission to show God’s love in the world.

Despite continuing efforts by the staff of the local regional United Methodist conference, Philippines-based attorneys and officials with The United Methodist Church, Mr. Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, Adam Shaw of Brunswick, Ohio, and Miracle Osman of Blantyre, Malawi, have experienced repeated difficulties getting the legal documents and clearance they need to leave the Republic of the Philippines.

Read more: https://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2018/june/letthemleave

Thank you to The Swan Dreams Project by Aesha Ash for an amazing workshop yesterday!

Thank you to all who participated in our seminar this past weekend! We hope that the event inspired and challenged you to take up a role in one of the many movements working for racial justice in our present context.

A special thanks to our speakers and trainers: Pastor Dale Weatherspoon from the CA/NV Annual Conference Racial Justice Task Force, Diana Flores from Causa Justa Just Cause, Sasha Harris-Cronin and Lis Worcester from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Xan West from Trinity UMC and black.seed.

Thank you to our volunteers who were critical in helping us pull off this event: Matt Pearson and Kandi Weider on lights, set up, and registration, and Maggie Lohmeyer on food/hospitality.

And brava to our US-2 Global Missions Fellow, NaQuita Coates, for her skills in helping to plan, facilitate, and moderate our first community social justice seminar. We're grateful for NaQuita's service among us and look forward to her leadership in future events.

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to show up and get involved as we plan for the future.

Are you a youth ages 11-18 in the city of San Francisco? Do you know youth ages 11-18 in the city of San Francisco?

The San Francisco circuit of United Methodist churches would like to invite you to our cooperative youth ministry that will meet at the Waller Center. Launch date is planned for March 12, 4-6pm.

Thank you, Crescent City Foursquare Church youth, for helping us assemble these new beautiful bunk beds! The bunks are a new sleeping option for up to 20 overnight guests at the Waller Center.

Save the date! The Waller Center is holding a community seminar on racial justice March 17-18. The event will begin with a forum and panel discussion at 7:30pm on Friday, March 17th. Saturday will include workshops on bystander intervention and ally training.


Urban Plunge - January 2017

[12/09/16]   Planning a service trip to San Francisco over spring break? The Waller Center still has lodging available! Email us or message us to make your reservation now.


Young People's Ministries

Do you work in Youth Ministry?

Register now for our Youth Worker's Retreat February 5-6th. Cost $25 includes your stay, food, and resources from our guest speaker Sam Halverson, author of "One Body: Integrating Teenagers Into The Life Of Your Church."



Celebrate National Night Out With Park Station This Tuesday | Hoodline

The Waller Center is honored to host SF Police Park Station's National Night Out tonight, 5pm-8pm. Come stop by for BBQ, basketball, and meet with community leaders!

hoodline.com National Night Out is heading to precincts around the city on Tuesday, August 4th.

Happy 30th anniversary, Hamilton Family Center! Welcome back to 1525 Waller!

The Waller Center is at Youth 2015 in Orlando! Come check out our booth in the UM Youth Missions area before the end of the day!

The Montana State University United Methodist campus ministry wins the distinction of taking the longest road trip to the Waller Center this month! They drove over 1000 miles for a week of volunteering with the Glide Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Thank you for sharing photos of your trip!

These Arizona Wildcats arrived yesterday evening after a two-day, 870-mile road trip. Welcome to San Francisco! We hope that you had a restful night and are energized for your week of service.

Welcome, UMW VIM! We are grateful for the work you are doing in our conference.

UMVIM Ubuntu weekend

Last weekend, the Waller Center hosted a winter retreat for 5 youth and 1 chaperone from Palabra Viviente UMC in Everett, WA! Our itinerary included community service, sightseeing, biblical reflection, and, not to be missed, tuning into the Seattle Seahawks game. :-)

Hope you all had smooth travels back home.

Many thanks to Paul, Ilona, and Wayne for doing prep work in our office this week! Our volunteers are crucial to helping us restore our historic building.


Waller Center | An urban retreat and community center in the heart of San Francisco

Friends, the Waller Center has a new website! Visit the site for more information on who we are and how to reserve space.



Victorian Alliance 10/19/14

Photos from the afterparty of the Victorian Alliance Haight-Ashbury House Tour. Held Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the Waller Center Gymnasium and Dining Room.

Photos from the afterparty of the Victorian Alliance Haight-Ashbury House Tour. Held Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the Waller Center Gymnasium and Dining Room.

[09/26/13]   Planning a service trip to San Francisco? Have a church retreat? Book Waller Center now - winter and spring is already filling up.

Overnight groups or daytime events

[05/19/13]   Gearing up for an exciting summer of hosting church retreats, Urban Camp, WallerWork days and community events.

Make sure your stop by the Waller Center table at Cal-Nev Annual Conference Session to learn more.

Waller Center's cover photo


Take a look around the Waller Center

Take a look around the Waller Center

[02/28/13]   The Waller Center's campus is looking fantastic today as we prepare to have our first Community Task Force meeting - We are dreaming ways we can use Waller to make San Francisco an even more fabulous place!

Waller Center's cover photo

[12/26/12]   Merry Christmas from the Waller Center!

Tomorrow is the Waller Center Holiday Open House! Hope to see you there ... Remember to bring food donations for the Haight Ashbury Food Program


Decking the Halls (and windows) at the Waller Center....Are you coming to the Holiday Open House on December 20th? Answers include: "yes" and "I am so excited!"


[12/08/12]   Excited to host Temple United Methodist's Youth lock-in at the Waller Center tonight! #Worship #Pizza #UpAllNight

Waller Center's cover photo

Waller Center Happenings

Waller Center Happenings

Youth Work Day 2012

Youth Work Day 2012



going to be "spiffing" up this great building on its way to a new purpose...

The Waller Center

The Waller Center is an urban retreat and community center nestled in the neighborhood of Cole Valley and adjacent to Haight Ashbury. We officially opened our doors to the community on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Renovations to our building began in September of 2017, and we hope to finish up by April of 2018. With a new roof, structural rebuilds, stucco, seismic upgrades and a few coats of paint, you may not recognize us! The Waller Center is operating under the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of the Cal-Nev Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

We currently house the Haight Ashbury Food Pantry and will be starting up several new community classes that we hope will serve as many people in our area as possible.

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