Celebrating Over 50 Years

Six Decades of Family-Centered Solutions to Homelessness

In 1971, our founders established Raphael House as a caring, temporary home for single mothers and their children. In its over 50-year history, Raphael House has grown to provide supportive services to more than 20,000 parents and children experiencing homelessness, all while emphasizing the importance of strong families and personal dignity.


Explore a Timeline of Our History

From our founding over 50 years ago, to our many expansions over the years, to the recent COVID 19 crisis, we invite you to explore a timeline of some of the most defining moments and achievements in Raphael House’s history.

Explore the Timeline

Tour Our Residential Shelter

Throughout our history, our Residential Shelter has been the heart of Raphael House’s personalized programs and services that support families experiencing homelessness. We invite you to take a virtual tour of our home-like shelter which has provided warmth and stability to more than 20,000 parents and children since 1971.

Take a Tour

Share Your Raphael House Story

Our history is made up of rich stories from individuals who have supported Raphael House or called it home. To celebrate our 50 year anniversary, we invite you—our volunteers, current and former staff members, clients, partners, board members, and supporters—to share your Raphael House story.

Share Your Story

Give to Raphael House

Your donation to Raphael House directly supports our Residential Shelter and holistic services for families, all while helping develop new programs to further alleviate family homelessness and poverty.


Thank You to Our 50th Anniversary Corporate Sponsors

Thank You to Our Honoree Circle Donors

Susie & Bob Buckley
Hal Dawson
Timothy J. Geraghty/Northern Trust Foundation
Barbara Hager
Andrew and Marny Homan

Charlie McEachron
Tom Miller
Carole Obley
Tom Poser
Karl Werwath
Mary Wolfe

Thank You to Our 50th Anniversary Celebration Family Sponsors

Many Hearts Family Sponsors

Susie & Bob Buckley
Ralph and Catherine Drybrough
Tom and Kathryn Miller

One Home Family Sponsors

Andrew and Marny Homan
Mark Karvosky and Nicole Elliott-Karvosky
Laura and Mike Kim
Laura and Sloan Larsen
Melissa Norris
Christina and Rick Saveri