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 […]

Fr. David and Elaine Lowell Children’s Library Opens at Raphael House

Apr 19 2016
Kim Lessard

Raphael House Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and staff came together in early April to celebrate the opening of the Fr. David and Elaine Lowell Children’s Library at Raphael House. The construction for the Children’s Library was completed thanks to HomeAid Northern California and XL Construction who generously donated the materials and services for the project. They also […]


Mar 31 2016
Kim Lessard

Whitney and Finley On May 14, Raphael House friends, donors, staff, and Board of Directors will welcome Whitney Petrey and her children, Finley and Bennett as the honoree family at our 19th annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala. When Whitney arrived at Raphael House with her two children in March 2015, she was a single […]


Kim Lessard

Cheryl holding goody bags filled with donated beauty and grooming products  One of the things Cheryl and I did that made a difference when we stayed in shelter, said William Pitts, was to make sure we didn’t wear the homelessness, by putting in the effort every day to look nice. Cheryl and William Pitts stayed […]

Letter from Raphael House Executive Director Ralph Payton

Kim Lessard

[su_frame] [/su_frame]Since joining the Raphael House team in December, I have been consistently impressed with the level of commitment and passion shown by the staff, our Board, and the thousands of supporters in the community who make the work we do possible. I’m exceedingly grateful to lead an organization that shares my conviction that it […]

Marla Achieves Dream of Home Ownership

Feb 16 2016
Kim Lessard

Almost a decade ago, Marla came to Raphael House with her one-year-old daughter Kayla after gaining the courage to leave an abusive relationship. We welcomed Marla and her daughter with a safe place to stay, but equally as important, Raphael House partnered with Marla as she worked to rebuild her life by giving her the […]