News & Press

Fourth Graders Cami and Kate Sell Lemonade for Raphael House

Jul 1 2016
Kim Lessard

Cami and Kate, two fourth graders, walked into Raphael House one evening laughing and holding a small white envelope. They happily explained that they recently held a lemonade stand and wanted to donate all of their profits to helping families at Raphael House. The girls had sold cookies along with the lemonade and raised about […]

Watch: Panel Discussion On Homelessness in San Francisco With Ralph Payton, Sam Dodge, and Others

Jun 30 2016
Kim Lessard

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Haight earlier this month for an engaging and educational discussion around homelessness in our community. The discussion was organized in anticipation of the SF Homeless Project media blitz this week, during which local media outlets have saturated the news with stories about homelessness in San Francisco in order to increase awareness and inspire […]


Jun 18 2016
Kim Lessard

Join Raphael House Executive Director Ralph Payton, Sam Dodge of SF Mayor’s Office of HOPE, and others. June 11 or 12 Are you up for the challenge of a lifetime? One that will make a difference for families in need? In anticipation of the coordinated city wide media coverage of homeless issues on June 29th, please join Booksmith […]

Congrats to our College-Bound Teens

Jun 13 2016
Kim Lessard

We’re excited to share that two of our teens, who just graduated from high school, will be off to college this fall. Cole will be attending UC Berkeley to study mechanical engineering and plans to continue on to get his master’s in biomedical engineering.  And Balan will pursue his dream to become a commercial pilot at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical […]

Former Resident Works With Others Who Are Homeless

Kim Lessard

  Spring reminds us of new beginnings, a time for a fresh start. It’s a season that in many ways is an apt symbol of the transformation and sense of renewal often experienced by our families. When Alejandra and her eight-year-old daughter arrived at Raphael House on Christmas day, 2014, after leaving an abusive home, they […]

Jesua’s Journey From Surviving to Thriving

Kim Lessard

Jesua, mom to five-year-old Riley, is such an amazing woman who has overcome seemingly insurmountable hardships, but the pain of those hardships continues to follow her every time her credit is checked by a prospective landlord. A year and a half ago, Riley’s father destroyed their apartment during an emotional crisis that was exacerbated by […]


Jun 8 2016
Kim Lessard

San Francisco, (June 8, 2016)—Raphael House, San Francisco’s oldest and only privately funded shelter and services program for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, announced today the kick-off of a year-long celebration as it begins its 45th year of helping Bay Area families in need achieve long-term stability and financial independence. Raphael House will host a […]