Adopt-A-Family at Raphael House

We are grateful to announce that our 2022 Adopt-A-Family program was a huge success! Thank you to our community for ensuring no family’s wish list was left behind. Donations to our Express Adopt-A-Family Fund are still being accepted. Donations in excess of what was needed to cover holiday gift cards for families will be applied to helping us purchase gift cards for children’s birthdays and to support our programs for low income families and families experiencing homelessness. 

Since 1989, Raphael House’s Adopt-A-Family Program has upheld the spirit of giving by providing gifts and spreading holiday cheer to thousands of families in need. Our annual Adopt-A-Family Program matches our generous community members with families at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness so that families can enjoy a holiday season full of warmth and joy. 

Raphael House families continue to face challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic including reduced working hours, layoffs, and medical expenses. Your generous contributions enable families to enjoy the holidays while maintaining their long-term financial stability. 

We are not able to accept physical gifts and instead are asking donors to provide gift cards for families. The feedback we consistently receive from families is that gift cards allow them to purchase exactly the gifts they and their children want and need. We strongly encourage donors to provide electronic (email) gift cards as they are the most secure and efficient way of passing your gift on to families.

Donate to the Express Adopt-A-Family Fund

How Adopt-A-Family Works

Getting involved with Adopt-A-Family at Raphael House is easy!

  • Step 1: Read our FAQs and sign up at
  • Step 2: We match you with a family and send you their gift card wish list.
  • Step 3:  You buy the gift cards for families in need and email or deliver them to Raphael House staff by December 14 (due date has been extended). Detailed instructions on how to deliver the gift cards will be provided in the email that matches you with a family.
  • Step 4: Families receive their gift cards by mid-December and holiday cheer ensues!

Express Adopt-A-Family Fund

We understand the holidays are a busy time, so leave the shopping to us! You can make a direct donation to our Express Adopt-A-Family fund at Your donations will support our Adopt-A-Family campaign, and may also be applied to supporting Raphael House programs and operations that provide shelter and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness.

Donate to Our Express Adopt-A-Family Fund

Gift Drop-Off Dates

After signing up, more details on how to deliver gift cards will be provided via email. We strongly encourage donors to provide electronic (email) gift cards as they are the most secure and efficient way of passing your gift on to the families.

If you are unable to provide electronic gift cards and can only provide physical gift cards, please contact us at [email protected] to coordinate delivery.

Sponsor Our Adopt-A-Family Program

Our annual Adopt-A-Family Program is made possible through the generosity of our community. Support Raphael House and Adopt-A-Family through a Corporate Sponsorship today!

To learn more or sign up, please contact Kellen Sarver at 415.345.7265 or [email protected].

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Thank you for supporting families this holiday through our Adopt-A-Family Program!