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Our Response to COVID-19

Mar 11 2020
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To Our Raphael House Supporters: Raphael House remains committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for all. In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Raphael House is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, and families in our Residential Shelter. Raphael House staff is following the San Francisco […]

How a DJ Collective Threw a Dance Party to Support Homeless Families at Raphael House

Sep 16 2019
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Dan Parsons and his friends Peter Reiseman, Alex Zekoff, and Parker Mills were looking for a way to make an impact in their community. Seeing the extent of the homeless crisis in San Francisco, they wanted to find a local charity that helps alleviate family homelessness. After a quick Google search and learning more about […]

A Preview of College Life for Teenagers on Our Annual College Tour Trip

Aug 21 2019
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When families leave Raphael House, they continue to have access to an array of services through our Bridge Program to help them maintain their housing and financial stability. One of our favorite traditions—which has been taking place since 2010—is Raphael House’s annual college tours trip for teens. On the itinerary this year were colleges throughout […]

Another Successful Back-to-School Giveaway Provides Children With a Head Start This School Year

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At Raphael House, we realize the importance of giving children a head start into the school year—especially children experiencing homelessness. Research shows that children without stable housing are more likely to show poor classroom engagement and social skills in school. This year at our annual Back-to-School giveaway, we provided 173 children in our Residential Shelter […]

How One of Our Youngest Donors Raised $800 to Buy Back-to-School Supplies for Children Experiencing Homelessness

This year, Raphael House provided backpacks and school supplies to 173 children in our Residential Shelter and Bridge Programs during our Back-to-School giveaway! For families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, even the smallest seasonal expenses can threaten their financial stability. This is just one reason why parents and children look forward to this giveaway every […]

9,784 People Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco

Jul 30 2019
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9,784: That’s the number of people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco during the latest Point-In-Time Count, representing a 30% increase from 2017. Family homelessness is unfortunately on the rise, too. This year, 201 homeless families were identified—up 6% from 2017. This number is likely much higher, as families “doubled up” in the homes of family/friends or staying […]