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.

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

Raphael House Cuts Ribbon on Residential Shelter Expansion

On Friday, March 20th we cut the ribbon in commemoration of the completion of the expansion of the 3rd floor of our Residential Shelter. Joining the festivities were Supervisor Julie Christensen, the City's Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnership, and Engagement Bevan Dufty, former executive directors Fr. David Lowell and Amanda Heier, and several Raphael House donors, Board members, ... READ MORE

Raphael House Dedicates Children’s Library to Fr. David and Elaine Lowell

Fr. David and Elaine delighted staff and friends by sharing some of  their history at Raphael House, which included showing us the room where they lived when they were first married!   Friends old and new came together recently when the Raphael House community paid tribute to former Raphael House Executive Director Father David Lowell and and his wife Elaine at a dedication for our ne ... READ MORE

Mom and Daughter Enjoy a Night at the Ball Game Thanks to Aramark!

We caught up recently with Nicole, one of our moms, and her teen daughter Sade. They told us this past fall they enjoyed their first ever baseball game, thanks to our generous friends at Aramark, who donated Giants tickets to Raphael House families. Both mom and daughter are HUGE San Francisco sports fans. "My daughter and I had the best time ever at the SF Giants game," said Nicole. "We e ... READ MORE

Partnering with the Community is Crucial to the Success of Our Families

There’s a word you hear a lot in the rooms and hallways of Raphael House: it’s partner. For some of us the word means a spouse or loved one. We might think of a best friend as our “partner in crime.” Maybe your daughter just made partner at the firm. Whatever imagery it conjures up, for us at Raphael House it’s more than a noun or a greeting. It’s a philosophy. Partnership is one of ... READ MORE