News & Press

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 […]

RAPHAEL HOUSE TO CELEBRATE 45TH YEAR HELPING FAMILIES WHO ARE HOMELESS BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES—June 2016 to June 2017

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 […]

BABC and Aramark host "A Jolly Good Day at the Races" Benefiting Raphael House

Jun 2 2016
Kim Lessard

A great big thank you to all who attended A Jolly Good Day at The Races benefiting Raphael House, at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley this past weekend. The event, hosted by the British-American Business Council (Northern California) and Aramark Building Community, was a fun-filled day that resulted in $770 in donations raised and a package of day trips […]

Summer Camp Offers Relief for Low-Income Families

May 25 2016
Kim Lessard

Summer break can be stressful for families who are homeless or living at or below the poverty line. For parents who work or who are in the process of searching for work, the structure of the school day along with after-school programs, such as the Tutoring Club at Raphael House, offers them a reliable source […]

Raphael House Gala Raises Record Funds

May 17 2016
Kim Lessard

We are thrilled to report that our 19th Annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala, “A Golden Tomorrow,” raised more than $643,000—making it Raphael House’s highest grossing fundraiser to date! The event, which took place on Saturday, May 14 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, was co-chaired by Josselyn Eccleston and Laura Larsen, and was our largest Gala to date with 570 guests […]

Jaime’s Story

May 11 2016
Kim Lessard

Homeless, but not hopeless. This is Jaime’s favorite phrase, and with good reason. As I meet Jaime I’m quickly struck by his determination, strength and eloquence; it’s a humble reminder that homelessness does not define who you are. Jaime speaks to me about his struggle to heal the wounds of domestic violence and to overcome […]