Monday, February 17, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Kane

Mary Kane is one of our weekly volunteers - and she truly shines like the star she is. Mary is devoted to making every visit count and creates such a positive environment for families. She is always professional, encouraging, and committed to the work she performs.

Mary started volunteering November of 2016 and has given more than 100 hours to Family House!

"I always leave Family House with a full heart." – Mary

On behalf of the families and staff, we say THANK YOU to Mary for all that she offers and her help in making Family House a better place.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Wash Your Hands!

In the winter, there are many contagious viruses circulating, and they are especially dangerous for children with compromised immune systems. The best way to keep yourself and others healthy is to wash your hands frequently! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these 5 steps to keep your hands as clean as possible!

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold is OK), and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands with the soap. Don't forget the backs of your hands, between  your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Tip: sing the song Happy Birthday twice!)

4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water. (If you can, turn off the faucet with a clean paper towel.)

5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

Bonus: If you can use a clean paper towel to open the bathroom door, even better!

What about hand sanitizer?

Washing hands with soap and water is best, but if that's not possible, hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content) will get rid of most germs. Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand and rub your hands together, over all of the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Clean = Safe

This bucket of cleaning supplies is so much more than meets the eye - every volunteer who helps clean common areas at Family House is helping to keep immune-compromised kids safe. That's one of the most important things about Family House - that it's not just a free place for families to stay, but that parents know that it's OK for their sick children to crawl on the carpet, to play with the toys, to touch and read all the books....

Click here to learn about how you can make a difference at Family House.

Monday, January 13, 2020

MLK Day of Service 1/20/2020

Did you know that the 3rd Monday in January, the observed birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the only U.S. holiday that is also designated as a national day of service? If you have the day off from work or school, consider ways to give back to our community: volunteer, donate, or simply make a point of being kind to those around you. It’s easy to make a difference, and the circle of caring will continue to go around. Here are just a few ideas of ways to honor Dr. King and celebrate his contributions:

* Volunteer at a local nonprofit. (Family House is a great choice!)  Also look at resources like Volunteer Match or Hands on Bay Area

* Make a monetary donation. Every nonprofit requires money for overhead, and your donation ensures that no family will ever be turned away from Family House 

* Organize a drive for those less fortunate in your community - food, toys, and items like socks or toothbrushes for homeless shelters

* Random acts of kindness: buy someone a cup of coffee, let someone go ahead of you in the supermarket line, or compliment a stranger. Remember that there are lots of people with hidden struggles, and simply being kind can make a huge difference in someone’s day.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Family Breakfast

Every morning, Family House staff and volunteers prepare a healthy breakfast for families to enjoy together or take on their way home or to the hospital. Thank you to the donors who help make this happen! Special thanks to: Peerless Coffee and Tea, who have been supporting Family House since our old Inner Sunset days; The Fruitguys, who provide fresh fruit for every day of the year; Starbucks on 3rd Street for donating all kinds of tasty pastries (breakfast dessert, anyone?); and Neighbor Bakehouse on 3rd Street for donating amazing sweet and savory pastries. Combined with hot and cold cereal, yogurt, and juice options, we strive to make sure every family starts their day off right. Thank you to all who make it happen!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Holiday Party!

Ho Ho Happy Holidays! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Family House holiday party - so much merriment! Volunteer chefs took over 2 kitchens - one with traditional American Christmas dishes, like ham and roasted veggies (thank you, Brasch family and friends!) - and the other with Mexican favorites, including tamales - yum (thank you, Gina Gorman and staff from The Madrone and GB Group)! There were appetizers and so many homemade desserts by the Family House Family Services committee and Family House board members, and entertainment by DJ Raul and the amazing Magic Mike and Magic Genii (who were truly magical!), plus folks in festive character costumes (thank you Bobby Thomas and friends - Nick, Jason, Kamron, Tom, Ted, Matt, David F., Kim, David L., Spencer, DeAnne, Janelle, Natalia, Bernadette, John, and Anthony). Thank you to our annual Christmas elves including Alyson and James and the Wong family, everyone who volunteered, donated toys and holiday stockings, and contributed to Family House magic at the holidays!

Check out photos from the party, and see the photos with Santa!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Holiday Giving at Family House

Holiday Giving at Family House
Family House is a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. When families travel to San Francisco for their child’s medical treatment, Family House becomes their community and extended family. Being away from home can be especially difficult during the holidays, but you can help make the holidays bright for a family in need.

Donate Toys, Teen Gifts & Gift Cards
* Toys for children of all ages, such as: Books, puzzles, stuffed animals, board games, arts & crafts kits, remote control toys, STEM toys
* Electronic toys that are rechargeable or don’t require batteries
* Teen gifts such as: MP3 players, headphones, SD cards, makeup and nail kits, sports related items, adult coloring books, Playstation 4 games, DVDs
* $25 gift cards to Target and Safeway to be used by families for holiday gifts and essentials
* Toys and gifts should value from $25-$50 each
* View our wish list on Amazon Smile
* Send donations to "Santa" at Family House, 540 Mission Bay Blvd., North, San Francisco, CA 94158
* Questions? Please contact Anoushka Donnelley at (415) 502-5640

* All services at Family House are 100% free of charge to all families
* Families stay for as long as their child is receiving medical treatment
* Monetary donations provide direct family support through our meal program, support groups, music therapy program, Fozzy’s Toy Room, and in many more ways