News & Press

Community Supporters Provide School Supplies for Raphael House Kids

Sep 1 2015
Kim Lessard

In August, as summer was winding down, Raphael House held its much anticipated annual Back-to-School event. With the help of our community partners, The Junior League of San Francisco, National Charity League, Pier 39, and various other donors, more than 200 children from our Residential Shelter and Bridge programs received backpacks and kits filled with […]

Long-time Community Partner Provides Valuable Services and Support for Raphael House Families

May 27 2015
Kim Lessard

Development Director Jenna Ervice and Board Chair Kate Smith receive a $20,000 donation for Raphael House from BABC Board Member Kathleen Kimura, British Consul General and BABC Board Member Priya Guha, and BABC Board President Nicholos Unkovic. This year, the British-American Business Council (BABC)—who for more than 10 years has donated a significant proceed from […]

Raphael House Gala A Sold-Out Success

Apr 23 2015
Kim Lessard

“A Grand Special Night of Magic” at the Palace Hotel raises record funds for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness Our 18th Annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala was a sold-out success that attracted more than 500 guests on Saturday to the elegant Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Gala co-chairs Melissa Koerner and Laura Larsen and their powerhouse committee raised $610,000 for Raphael House […]

One Home, Many Hearts Gala: Live Auction Sneak Preview

Apr 9 2015
Kim Lessard

Our Gala committee has been hard at work rounding up some fabulous live auction packages for this year’s One Home, Many Hearts Gala on April 18th. We are truly amazed by and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our sponsors and community of donors for making this event possible. Get a sneak preview of […]

Benjamin Aune Appointed Executive Director of Raphael House

Apr 1 2015
Kim Lessard

San Francisco, March 31, 2015—The Board of Directors for Raphael House of San Francisco announced today that it has appointed Benjamin Aune as executive director. Raphael House was founded in 1971 and is the oldest and only privately funded shelter and services program of its kind dedicated to providing short-term housing, rental assistance, and ongoing supportive […]

Raphael House Cuts Ribbon on Residential Shelter Expansion

Mar 30 2015
Kim Lessard

On Friday, March 20th we cut the ribbon in commemoration of the completion of the expansion of the 3rd floor of our Residential Shelter. Joining the festivities were Supervisor Julie Christensen, the City’s Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnership, and Engagement Bevan Dufty, former executive directors Fr. David Lowell and Amanda Heier, and several Raphael House […]

Raphael House Launches Aggressive Expansion to Address Growing Crisis of Family Homelessness

Mar 6 2015
Kim Lessard

  San Francisco, March 6, 2015—Raphael House, San Francisco’s oldest and only 100% privately funded shelter and services program dedicated to transitioning families beyond homelessness, has announced plans for the Foundations for Families Campaign, a $3 million, three-year growth initiative, that will expand the total capacity of its Residential Shelter Program and community-based Bridge Program by […]