Adopt-A-Family at Raphael House

Raphael House’s Adopt-A-Family Program began in 1989, serving 100 families in its first year with gifts and necessary items provided by the local community. Since then, our community has continued that spirit of giving to spread holiday cheer to thousands of families in need.

Update: Thank you to everyone who signed up to Adopt-A-Family this holiday season! We are grateful to share that all Raphael House families have been matched with donors and our sign up form for donors is now closed. 

Our annual Adopt-A-Family Program continues to help families at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness enjoy a holiday season full of warmth and joy. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, families continue to experience reduced work hours and layoffs. Your generous contributions enable families to enjoy the holidays while maintaining financial stability.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting physical gifts this holiday season and ask donors to provide gift cards. We strongly encourage donors to provide electronic gift cards as they are the safest way of passing your gift on to families.

We are still accepting donations to our Express Adopt-A-Family Fund. These donations will help us purchase any last minute gift card needs and leftover funds will go towards supporting our essential operations that help families break the cycle of homelessness.

We are also looking for donations from our Amazon Wish List to restock our Birthday Gift Supply. Donations from our Amazon List help us provide gifts for over 100 Raphael House children per year celebrating a birthday.

Donate to the Express Adopt-A-Family FundShop our Amazon Wish List

How Adopt-A-Family Works

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

  • Step 1: Read our FAQs and sign up here.
  • Step 2: We match you with a family and send a 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 3. 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 here. 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 safest 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 a drop off time.

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