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.

When a visitor clicks on the adjacent “Donors” button, they will see a short blurb (to be provided by RH) that thanks our donors, followed by a list of the category headings that when clicked on will expand to include the entire list of donors for their respective sections. (These lists will be updated quarterly, but in the future, we will work to implement a system in which RE is able to automatically update new donors, with new donors being highlighted in real-time)


  • Ann and John Doerr


  • Anonymous (1)


  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Jessica and Jason Moment


  • Barneys New York
  • Marc and Lynne Benioff
  • Brewster West Foundation
  • HEDCO Foundation
  • George H. Sandy Foundation
  • Samuel and Florence Scarlett Revocable Trust


  • Brett and Laura Bush
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • Children of Shelters
  • Mr. Bruce Colman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith B. Geeslin
  • HomeAid Northern California
  • Junior League of San Francisco, Inc.
  • Melissa and Jan Koerner
  • Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation
  • Maverick Capital Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith
  • Morris Stulsaft Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Trujillo


  • Anonymous (3)
  • Advantest
  • Susan Atherton
  • Audi of America, Inc.
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bank of the West
  • Barney & Barney Foundation
  • Beachwold Partners L.P.
  • Bell Investment Advisors, Inc.
  • Bloomberg
  • British-American Business Council
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rick Dade
  • Mr. and Mrs. Glyn Davies
  • Dodge & Cox
  • Genentech Foundation
  • GGS Foundation
  • The David B. Gold Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Goodrich
  • Mr. Frank Gutierrez
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Ms. Barbara S. Hager
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harbison
  • Katherine and Lee Hicks
  • The Humanist Fund
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kampmann
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jan Koerner
  • The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
  • Learning by Giving Foundation, awarded by
  • students of the UC Berkeley School of Business
  • philanthropy class
  • Ms. Michele Lee and Mr. Maco Stewart
  • Ed and Betty Manoyan Foundation
  • Mr. Craig Martin and Ms. Karen Scarr
  • Mr. and Mrs. Greg Martin
  • Danielle and Jon Mewes
  • The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Scott Olson
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Ms. Katie S. Paige
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Sanguinetti Foundation
  • US Bank
  • Ms. Joan Walkup Corrigan
  • The Walther Foundation
  • Zell Family Foundation


  • Anonymous (5)
  • Ms. Chris Agoglia
  • American Eagle Outfitters Foundation
  • Charles A. Becker Foundation, Inc.
  • Buckley Family Fund
  • Mr. Jesse Butterfield
  • Sarah and Jason DiLullo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doyle
  • Mr. Ralph Drybrough
  • First Dollar Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brian Freckmann
  • Fremont Bank Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Pat Garvey
  • Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
  • The Geomar Foundation, Inc.
  • William G. Gilmore Foundation
  • Hanson Bridgett, LLP
  • Amanda and Keith Heier
  • Mr. Clarke Holland
  • Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Homan
  • Estate of John B. Howard
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Jolson
  • Jones Day
  • Kristen and Jim Kelly
  • Mr. Dave Kramer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Niels Larsen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sloan Larsen
  • Lennar Urban
  • Local Independent Charities
  • Mr. and Mrs. David MacKnight
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Martin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carter McClelland
  • Mr. Gilbert M. Meyer and Ms. Laura Beauchesne
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Morgridge
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Ms. Julie Munro
  • Pacific Union Real Estate Community Fund
  • Ms. Nili Poynter
  • RINA Accounting Corporation
  • Riviera Partners
  • Ms. Rachel Roth
  • Salesforce.org Foundation
  • Mr. Thomas J. Scharffenberger
  • and Ms. C. Victoria Simonds
  • William E. Simon Foundation, Inc.
  • Elinor Smith Charitable Trust
  • Technology Credit Union
  • Mr. Rick Teed
  • The TJX Foundation, Inc.
  • TOSA Foundation
  • Union Bank
  • Vinyl Interactive
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nic Volpi
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • White & Case LLP
  • Mr. and Mrs. Angus Wilson
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &
  • Rosati Foundation
  • The Windfall Foundation
  • Please see annual report for complete fiscal year 2015 honor roll .

Summer Camp Offers Relief for Low-Income Families

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

Raphael House Gala Raises Record Funds

[caption id="attachment_3511" align="alignleft" width="611"] Raphael House Board members Melissa Koerner and Judy Davies with Susan Atherton[/caption] We are thrilled to report that our 19th Annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala, "A Golden Tomorrow," raised more than $643,000—making it Raphael House's highest grossing fundraiser to date! The event, which took place on Saturday, May 14 at San ... READ MORE

Fr. David and Elaine Lowell Children’s Library Opens at Raphael House

[caption id="attachment_3244" align="alignleft" width="600"] Raphael House Executive Director Ralph Payton[/caption] Raphael House Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and staff came together in early April to celebrate the opening of the Fr. David and Elaine Lowell Children's Library at Raphael House. The construction for the Children's Library was completed thanks to HomeAid Northern Ca ... READ MORE

Outpouring of Generosity Helps Families Enjoy the Magic of the Season

Mom writes thank you note to the donor who adopted her family this Christmas. Tis the season for acts of kindness and generosity. And that is just what our community of donors and volunteers showed to Raphael House families this holiday season. This year 236 families, our largest number ever, had presents to open on Christmas Day thanks to everyone who participated in our Adopt-a-Family pr ... READ MORE

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