San Francisco

Raphael House

The first, and largest, family shelter in San Francisco. Raphael House provides a homelike shelter to 300 families each year.

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Raphael House

From the Executive Director

The first, and largest, family shelter in San Francisco. We provide a stable homelike shelter to over 300 families each year.

We are completely privately funded, allowing us the flexibility to restructure programming and services according to our families’ needs.

Marc Slater

Raphael House

What we do

Program 1

Residential Shelter

Creating safe, stable shelters for families experiencing homelessness. Families stay in one of 23 bedrooms and are provided with shelter, meals and clothing.

Program 2

Children’s Program

Through the Children’s Evening Program we serve at least 100 children each year; more than 85% of these children show marked improvements in their social and emotional behavior.

Program 3

Bridge Program

Ongoing support after families have moved on from the shelter, including case management, workforce development, financial education and parent empowerment groups. This program serves 300 families annually and 90% of those families remain stably housed.

By the numbers

The impact


Families received shelter last year through our Residential Housing program .


Children served in 2017 including school tutoring club, art programs and more .


Families participate in our Bridge Program, which provides ongoing services to families who exit Raphael House .

Did you know?

80% of families served are from San Francisco

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Annual Budget
Year ended July 2017
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Executive Director
Marc Slater
San Francisco, CA
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4 days ago - @raphaelhousesf

Raphael House would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support from our donors, sponsors, and volunteers at our 22nd Annual #OneHomeManyHearts Gala on May 11th at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.

The event was a sold-out success, and thanks to our generous Bay Area community, we raised $815,930 for Raphael House and our programs that help homeless families achieve stable housing and financial stability!

Read more and download photos via the link in our bio or on our Facebook page. Photos by Andrew Caulfield and Natalie Schrik for @drewaltizerphotography.

1 week ago - @raphaelhousesf

Our 22nd Annual #OneHomeManyHearts Gala is officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket, made a donation, and generously sponsored the event. All proceeds from our Gala go to Raphael House programs that help families break the cycle of homelessness. Swipe to see our generous sponsors! ✨

We can't wait to see everyone this Saturday, May 11th at the gorgeous @fssanfrancisco for what will be a fabulous event!

3 weeks ago - @raphaelhousesf

Meet our One Home, Many Hearts Gala co-emcees! ✨

Our One Home, Many Hearts Gala on May 11 at the @fssanfrancisco is almost here! Proceeds from our Gala benefit our programs that put families on the path to break the cycle of homelessness.

Our auctioneer and emcee @liammayclem returns for Raphael House’s 22nd Annual Gala. Mayclem is a fundraising professional and Emmy Award-winning radio/TV Host known as the “Foodie Chap” on KCBS and host of Travel Channel’s “Secrets Trips.”

@lesliesbrocco is an award-­winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host. Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food, as well as inspiring others to live a life of passion. She is the host of PBS restaurant review series Check Please!, an Emmy/James Beard Award winner, and author.

Tickets and more details via the link in our bio or at

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

We had a great workout yesterday at @barrysbootcamp in the Marina! All proceeds from the class went to Raphael House of San Francisco, benefiting our programs that help Bay Area families break the cycle of homelessness.

Thank you to @vdade, @strackeattack, all of the class participants, and the Barry’s Bootcamp team for generously supporting Raphael House for the past three years.

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

Hannah has been volunteering at Raphael House for three years. Just recently, she invited a group of her friends to volunteer as a part of her birthday celebration! 🎂

Hannah and her friends spent the evening preparing dinner for the families staying in our Residential Shelter and sorting groceries to give to families in our Bridge Program (those families that have achieved housing but still rely on Raphael House’s supportive services).

She says, “From teaching job skills and financial awareness to creating artistic and mindfulness practices, Raphael House is doing great work to invest in its residents as people and I find that truly inspiring.”

Thank you for the support, Hannah. And happy birthday! 🎉 #VolunteerAppreciationWeek

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

This Thursday! Join @strackeattack at @barrysbootcamp Marina for a special workout session benefiting Raphael House and families experiencing homelessness.

Come sweat for a good cause. Book your spot via the link in our bio! 💪

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

It's #VolunteerAppreciationWeek! Every aspect of life at Raphael House depends on the support of our volunteers.

Lisa has been volunteering at Raphael House since the mid-90s, helping with numerous activities from cooking warm meals in our kitchen to cleaning our Residential Shelter for families experiencing homelessness.

Just recently, Lisa and her team at @salesforce gave a grant and volunteered to make over our Teen Room, which provides teenagers staying at Raphael House with a space of their own to study or simply relax.

It's thanks to volunteers like Lisa that Raphael House can continue to offer a safe, dignified shelter to Bay Area families experiencing homelessness. Thank you, Lisa!

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

Raphael House kids were all smiles yesterday at @internationalsmoke! 😁

They were invited to paint a mural at International Smoke with Ayesha Curry, Chef Michael Mina and Artist Edward Granger. 🎨

"Having these kids participate in our new mural at the restaurant creates an opportunity for them to be a part of something longstanding in the community, in addition to creating exposure to new creative outlets," says Chef Mina.

We appreciate their support of our mission to break the cycle of family homelessness in the Bay Area!

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

"I was absolutely taken back by the amount of love, talent, encouragement, and overall happiness I witnessed at our Annual Children's Art Show. It was beautiful to see not only parents be proud of their children's work, but also, children be proud of their parents work." ~ Bianca Beverina, Raphael House Family Wellness Care Coordinator

1 month ago - @raphaelhousesf

Parents and children in our Residential Shelter celebrated our annual Children's Art Show last week. 🎨

A major component of our Family Wellness Services, the art show is one of our favorite events of the year, as it gives our hallways a refresh and allows us to showcase the hard work parents and children put into creating their masterpieces. 🖼

We'll be sharing more of our favorite Art Show moments throughout the week!


"Organizations such as Raphael House are helping to offer relief and opportunities for families to not just overcome homelessness, but to move far beyond it." --Priscilla Rodriguez, Oppenheim Media Writer

Raphael House blog

Raphael House Teens Tour Colleges

Every summer, Raphael House teens are given the opportunity to participate in a week long college tour. This trip is guided by our staff and provided through the generosity of our donors. This year's trip include stops at the University of Washington, Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and University of Oregon in Eugene. Our Raphael House teens and staff also took some time out to explore the Space Needle & Chihuly Garden in Seattle, Washington!

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Common questions

How can I help Raphael House?

Spread the word of the good work Raphael House is doing in the community and volunteer at our organization.

What do the Raphael House children do during summer months?

Every summer, the youth of Raphael House are given the opportunity to attend summer camp and attend a teen college trip where they explore various college campuses throughout California.

What is a recent accomplishment for Raphael House?

We launched our Education to Employment initiative, which is a career development program which aims to find educational pathways for living wage employment.

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Where your money goes


Provides new shoes for a Raphael House child


Provides school supplies to a Raphael House child


Provides a nutritious meal for a resident family


Provides new school clothing for a Raphael House child


Provides a parent with access to living-wage career education and guidance