Raphael House

  • “I feel like Raphael House is my family too.”
    –Aiden, age 8

  • “When I think of Raphael House, I think of Love. Open hearts and open arms.”
    –Regina, age 29

  • “You pushed me, but not in a careless way, to become financially and independently stable.”
    –Joseph, age 35


At Raphael House, we see homelessness as a temporary state that doesn’t define a person. We understand that homelessness can result from unexpected circumstances, whether economic, health-related, or because of a breakdown in family structure. We provide families an opportunity to take ownership of their futures and improve the quality of their lives through a nurturing and supportive process that emphasizes the importance of strong families and personal dignity.

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of families leaving our shelter achieve stable housing


families served each year



maintain long term housing and financial stability


families served each year



of participating kids showed improved academic performance


children served each year


We thank our donors and volunteers for their generous support.

Community partners make holidays special for Raphael House families

Several of our community partners, including British-American Business Council member companies: Aramark, the Fairmont Hotel and Claremont Hotel & Spa, LifeWorks Restaurant Group, and the San Francisco Waldorf School, have come together to ensure that Raphael House families have a wonderful Thanksgiving. “As a privately-funded nonprofit, Raphael House depends solely upon the support ... READ MORE

Summertime Opportunities for Kids Offer Relief for Working Parents

Summer break can be stressful for families who are homeless or living at or below the poverty line. For parents who work or who are in the process of searching for work, the structure of the school day along with after-school programs, such as the Tutoring Club at Raphael House, offers them a reliable source of childcare while providing their children the academic foundation and the emotional ... READ MORE

Community Supporters Provide School Supplies for Raphael House Kids

In August, as summer was winding down, Raphael House held its much anticipated annual Back-to-School event. With the help of our community partners, The Junior League of San Francisco, National Charity League, Pier 39, and various other donors, more than 200 children from our Residential Shelter and Bridge programs received backpacks and kits filled with essential school supplies needed for a ... READ MORE

Long-time Community Partner Provides Valuable Services and Support for Raphael House Families

[su_spacer size="10"][su_accordion] [su_spoiler title="Lorena Bennett, Front Desk Reception"][/su_spacer] Development Director Jenna Ervice and Board Chair Kate Smith receive a $20,000 donation for Raphael House from BABC Board Member Kathleen Kimura, British Consul General and BABC Board Member Priya Guha, and BABC Board President Nicholos Unkovic.[su_spacer size="10"][su_accordion] [su_spoiler ... READ MORE

Raphael House Gala A Sold-Out Success

"A Grand Special Night of Magic" at the Palace Hotel raises record funds for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness Our 18th Annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala was a sold-out success that attracted more than 500 guests on Saturday to the elegant Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Gala co-chairs Melissa Koerner and Laura Larsen and their powerhouse committee raised $610,0 ... READ MORE