Empowering Families Like Maisha’s

Dec 16 2020
Raphael House

We appreciate our community for helping us continue our mission to help families break the cycle of homelessness. We hope you take pride in supporting our programs that empower families like Maisha’s.

Maisha and her two sons were stably housed for years in the Bay Area, but experienced homelessness when their landlord was no longer willing to accept their housing voucher. They soon moved in with family, but due to overcrowding and instability, Maisha made the difficult decision to sleep in their car at night.

As soon as the family was welcomed into Raphael House’s Residential Shelter Program, Maisha partnered with her case manager to achieve her housing and financial goals. During her 6-month stay at Raphael House, she remained focused, and paid off over $7,500 of credit card debt, saved $2,000 through our Comprehensive Savings Plan, and increased her credit score by 100 points.

Not only that, she also celebrated her son Noah’s high school graduation in the summer—a major accomplishment considering drop-out rates are higher for children and teens experiencing homelessness.

Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, Maisha persevered. While at Raphael House, she applied for and was hired for a full-time position with SFUSD. After a long housing search, her family is now stably-housed in a below-market rate apartment in San Francisco, where the family will celebrate the holidays together. We’re so proud of Maisha and her family!


Since 1971, Raphael House has provided hope to families just like Maisha’s. This holiday season, we ask you to please donate so we can help more families find stability. Please make a gift today.

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