Five Decades of Family-Centered Solutions to Homelessness
In 1971, our founder Ella Rigney and a group of volunteers established Raphael House as a caring, temporary home for single mothers and their children. In its 50-year history, Raphael House has grown to provide supportive services to more than 20,000 Bay Area 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 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.
Tour Our Residential Shelter
In our 50-year 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.
Share Your Raphael House Story
Our 50-year 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.
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.Donate