Monday, May 16, 2016

38 Rooms!

As we ramp up service at the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, today we are housing 38 families. It’s not the full 80 rooms yet, but it is more families than we have ever served at once - what a great milestone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Goodbye Inner Sunset, Hello Mission Bay!

 Bittersweet goodbye! We've said goodbye to the original Family House locations in the Inner Sunset as we move to our brand new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House in Mission Bay. The new building is going to be such a wonderful improvement for our families, but we've heard from plenty of people that our original buildings will always feel like a "home away from home" in San Francisco. We hope that the new building will feel that way very quickly, too, and we feel good that all of the lovely touches to make the new building a comfortable space will indeed be great for our families.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Letter from CEO Alexandra Morgan - We're Moving!

We are so excited to open new doors of compassion in Mission Bay – serving 80 families per night with the same compassionate community that has been the Family House hallmark since 1981.

The new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House boasts features long requested by families, and was designed from the ground up with families in mind. The new LEED-Platinum Certified Family House has a 9,200 square foot outdoor meditation courtyard, fitness center, teen room, comfortable communal living and dining facilities, laundry, parking, and much more. Brand new beds were fabricated and so generously donated by European SleepWorks; play space furniture was a fabulous gift of Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn Kids; all furnishings for the new house were selected for the comfort of our families to create the feeling of a home away from home.

It costs $90 to house a family for a night; the average length of stay for a Family House family can range from 5 weeks to 6 months or more. Please consider making a donation to help families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Without Family House, many of these families would not be able to receive life-saving treatment at UCSF. Your donation means a great deal to families who most need our help.

I hope you will consider joining over 2,000 volunteers annually who give generously of their time – it is the best gift you can give. Please visit to learn more.

Thank you, all, for making The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House a place of care, compassion, and community!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Top 25 Reasons to Volunteer At Family House

1) Give back to your community
2) Directly support families in crisis
3) Contribute to a cause that you care about
4) Make a difference
5) Help others
6) Gain a sense of accomplishment
7) Learn new skills
8) Meet new people
9) Make lifelong friends
10) It feels great!
11) Actively contribute to make the world a better place
12) Comfort those who need it most
13) Brighten up someone's day
14) Help provide exceptional cost free service
15) Feel involved
16) Get satisfaction from helping others
17) Be a shoulder to cry on
18) Be a caring heart and a listening ear
19) Immerse yourself in a new community
20) Devote yourself to a cause
21) Give to a local San Francisco charity
22) Be where individual contributions matter
23) Be a part of something bigger than yourself
24) Advocate for a mission you believe in
25) Spread the mission to your networks

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Family House Volunteer!

Volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of our mission by assisting our staff in providing a safe and comfortable home for families in crisis. There are a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer at Family House, depending on your interests and availability. We work with each volunteer to make sure your time is used efficiently and productively. We have been fortunate to work with an abundance of hard working San Franciscans, including those at corporations, schools, churches, scouts, and community groups. Learn more about volunteering at

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ann's Story - The Early Years of Family House

Family House Family Stories: Sharing the brave and inspiring stories of families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This story features Ann Adamson Leonardo, mother to John Leonardo, who was treated by Dr. Art Ablin at the UCSF Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Inspired by what she saw during the time of her son's treatment, Ann and her husband, joined Art and Debbie Ablin, and others, to help found Family House.