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Fourth Graders Cami and Kate Sell Lemonade for Raphael House

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Cami and Kate, two fourth graders, walked into Raphael House one evening laughing and holding a small white envelope. They happily explained that they recently held a lemonade stand and wanted to donate all of their profits to helping families at Raphael House. The girls had sold cookies along with the lemonade and raised about $40. The two friends said they knew they wanted to donate the money they made at the lemonade stand to a homeless shelter because they see a lot of homeless people on their street and often times the same people day-to-day.

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Posted July 01, 2016 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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BABC and Aramark host “A Jolly Good Day at the Races” Benefiting Raphael House

A great big thank you to all who attended A Jolly Good Day at The Races benefiting Raphael House, at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley this past weekend. The event, hosted by the British-American Business Council (Northern California) and Aramark Building Community, was a fun-filled day that resulted in $770 in donations raised and a package of day trips donated for Raphael House families to enjoy at popular Bay Area educational and cultural attractions.

Stephanie Favaloro-Elliot, who organized the event, said: “We are so very happy to support Raphael House in any way that we can.  Raphael House is a fantastic program that offers…

Posted June 02, 2016 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Summer Camp Offers Relief for Low-Income Families

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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 acuity they need to have a brighter future. And in some instances, as with kids who have special needs, the continuity of a day-to-day routine is critical to their developmental success.

One of the ways we support families is by providing parents with financial…

Posted May 25, 2016 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Raphael House Gala Raises Record Funds

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 Francisco’s Palace Hotel, was co-chaired by Josselyn Eccleston and Laura Larsen, and was our largest Gala to date with 570 guests in attendance. We are truly grateful to and inspired by the outpouring of generosity from everyone who attended and participated in this important event to help families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness achieve long-term stability and financial independence.

We are especially grateful to…

Posted May 17, 2016 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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

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 California and XL Construction who generously donated the materials and services for the project. They also donated the materials and services for some much-needed updates to the Ella Rigney Library, which included custom-made shelving and a media center to be used for Board presentations and family movie nights.

The new library will help foster a love of reading, education, and imagination, all core components in Raphael House’s…

Posted April 19, 2016 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Outpouring of Generosity Helps Families Enjoy the Magic of the Season

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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 program. Families were adopted by 75 individuals and by employees from approximately 60 different Bay Area companies. More than 30 volunteers helped out with collecting, sorting, and distributing the gifts to families.

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Posted December 29, 2015 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Community partners make holidays special for Raphael House families

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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 it receives from the community to provide families with the resources they need to achieve stable housing and financial independence,” says Raphael House’s director of development Jenna Ervice. “But we also depend upon the community for these special touches—the in-kind donations and day-to-day support of our partners and volunteers—that provide the warm and dignified…

Posted November 25, 2015 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Families Come Together for Festive Day to Raise Funds for Raphael House

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Magic tricks, jubilant singalongs, balloon animals and much more delighted the many Bay Area families who came together on November 14 for our 5th annual Gobble & Give festival benefitting Raphael House families. This year’s event, our biggest yet, took place at Bunny Meadow in Golden Gate Park and raised nearly $50,000 for Raphael House’s Residential Shelter and Bridge programs to help families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness build brighter futures.

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We are so grateful to our event chairs: Vanessa Welstead and Genevieve Weeks, along…

Posted November 18, 2015 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Summertime Opportunities for Kids Offer Relief for Working Parents

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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 acuity they need to have a brighter future. And in some instances, as with kids who have special needs, the continuity of a day-to-day routine is critical to their developmental success.

One of the ways we support families is by providing parents with financial…

Posted November 03, 2015 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Community Supporters Provide School Supplies for Raphael House Kids

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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 successful academic year.

For many families working diligently to achieve financial independence and stability, the extra expense of school supplies can be difficult to overcome. This event ensures that these children will be able to focus on learning without their parents having to worry if they will have access to the necessary resources…

Posted September 01, 2015 by Kim Lessard. Categorized as Uncategorized, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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