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Care Through Touch Institute

Welcome to Care Through Touch

Care Through Touch Institute’s (CTI) mission is to care for and educate poor and marginalized people by providing massage therapy and holistic health practices that transform body, mind and spirit.

The heart and practice of this healing service is born out of founder and executive director Mary Ann Finch’s experience of living and volunteering as a massage therapist in leprosariums
throughout India. Today, CTI’s trained massage practitioners provide care through touch, and emotional and spiritual support, to the ‘un-touchables’ within our own communities – the homeless poor found in every segment of our society. We serve veterans of war, the cast-away elderly, people afflicted with threatening illnesses, addicted and seriously mentally ill people, and women and children fleeing domestic violence.

“This is a whole lot more than comfort. It’s not touchy-feely. It’s fundamentally being able to recognize that I’m a person – it’s an acknowledgement of “I AM.”
~Richard, guest at Golden Gate drop-in center for Homeless Seniors

Upcoming Trainings

Join CTI in its ministry of touching the homeless and Tenderloin communities by participating in a training. To learn more or register for the trainings below, please contact us at 415-344-0302 or

Seated Massage Therapy, Social Responsibility and Spiritual Practice Certificate
January – May, 2016
This 180-hour training is a unique opportunity for those interested in providing seated massage therapy appropriate for ministering to vulnerable populations. Students will learn massage technique, anatomy, physiology, pathology, social consciousness, and contemplative self-care practices. See the Training page for a description of the curriculum.

Hear all about Care Through Touch

KPFA radio’s Jennifer Chen did a story on Full Circle (Nov. 12, 2010) highlighting Care Through Touch Institute’s value to the community.

Click here to hear the segment (15 mins).

See The Care Through Touch Story
As told by Founder and Director, Mary Ann Finch

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Care Through Touch Institute

What do we do?

We care for and empower the homeless and marginally housed people of San Francisco.

What does it mean to care?

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    • Commitment: Building Relationships

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    • Advocacy: Strengthening Voices

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    • Respect: Nurturing Spirits

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    • Empowerment: Creating Change

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Why is caring touch important?

Because touch is the first step in being empowered.

  • Homeless and marginally housed people are rarely touched in a loving way.
  • Without touch, many have become numb to their bodies. They have become invisible to themselves and to their communities. They have forgotten that they belong. Therefore, many have stopped caring for themselves and their communities.
  • Compassionate touch addresses these places of disconnect and alienation. It awakens people to their bodies and their surroundings. It empowers people to act in loving ways toward themselves and others.