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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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

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


For Raphael House

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.

From Priscilla Rodriguez, Oppenheim Media Writer.

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.


Did you know?

80% of families served are from San Francisco

Raphael House

Where your dollars go


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

Raphael House

Key Facts and Figures


Annual Budget
Year ended July 2017
Program Spend
Fundraising Spend
Management Spend
Executive Director
Marc Slater
San Francisco, CA
# Employees
# Volunteers


Latest posts by Raphael House

@raphaelhousesf Last year, Raphael House served more than 15,000 meals to families in our Residential Shelter Program. We can only do this with support from our donors and volunteers like Wellington Management Company, who helped us prepare a fresh meal last night. 🥒🥕 - To get involved at Raphael House, go to our website to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Link in bio.

13 hours ago

@raphaelhousesf We asked kids in our Children's Evening Program to draw themselves as superheroes. ✍️ - Our CEP provides children experiencing homelessness with a moment to play, create, and share their feelings in a safe environment. Last year, 80% of individuals in our Family Wellness Program demonstrated progress towards their self-identified goals.

1 day ago

@raphaelhousesf The @kcbsradio team donated dozens of rain boots and umbrellas to protect families staying in our #ResidentialShelter from the rainy weather. 🌧 - Every day, families staying at Raphael House of San Francisco run errands, take their kids to school, and attend job interviews, so this rain gear will help them stay dry as they work to achieve their housing and financial goals. - Thank you to @liammayclem (aka the KCBS #FoodieChap) and the KCBS team for stopping by to drop off this generous donation! 🙏 - In this 📸: Our Events Manager Erin Reeser, Liam Mayclem, and Our Executive Director Marc Slater

1 week ago

@raphaelhousesf We 💖 our volunteers! Here's what they said when asked why they love Raphael House.

1 month ago

@raphaelhousesf Raphael House is thrilled to appoint Marc Slater as our new Executive Director. - As Raphael House enters its 48th year, Marc's dedication, leadership, and extensive nonprofit experience will be pivotal in continuing our mission to break the cycle of poverty. - Read the full announcement via the link in our bio or at

1 month ago

@raphaelhousesf Today's 😎sunshine 🌞 has us excited for our upcoming Garden Days, which take place on our roof deck in the spring and summer. 🌿 - Our Garden Days are part of Raphael House's extensive Children’s Evening Program (CEP), which provides opportunities for check-ins, activities, and community building for children experiencing homelessness. #MoreThanAShelter #FamilyWellness

1 month ago

@raphaelhousesf Our #BridgeProgram families celebrated January and December birthdays this weekend with lots of presents, games, food, and cake in our sunny solarium. 🎂🎉 - Thank you to all of the organizations that helped decorate, wrapped gifts, and celebrated this special day with our Bridge Program families: @ncl.sf, @nationalcharityleagueinc Golden Gate, @salesforce, and Service Corps SF.

1 month ago

@raphaelhousesf We rely on volunteers to help us keep our Residential Shelter clean and comfortable for the families who live here. If your organization is interested in making a difference in the lives of families experiencing homelessness, visit our website for more info on our shelter upkeep projects. #RHVolunteers

2 months ago

@raphaelhousesf With the new year come resolutions to eat healthier, but Raphael House has always made it a goal to serve daily nutritious meals to all the families staying in our #ResidentialShelter. 🥙 🥒🥕 This is just one of many services we provide families experiencing homelessness as they work to meet their housing and financial goals.

2 months ago

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Raphael House blog, August 8 2018

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!

FAQs about Raphael House

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.

In the Fund

Seeking Shelter

Homelessness is pervasive in San Fransisco, especially compared to other cities. Every night, about 7,500 people are experiencing homelessness in San Francisco: families, youth and people with jobs.