Monday, May 11, 2015

Latin Nights Family House Annual Gala


What a night! The 2015 Family House Annual Gala - Latin Nights - was our most successful Gala yet - raising over $200,000 to help families! This sold-out event at Bimbo's 365 Club kicked off by some festive dancing by Samba Queen Maisa Duke, and after the hugely successful live auction, Rumbache rocked the house!

A huge thank you to all of our event sponsors, everyone who purchased a ticket or auction item, all 60+ event volunteers, our performers, and everyone who made the night so much fun!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Need for a New Family House

This new video features Holly James and her family, talking about their experience at Family House and why the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay will be so important for families of pediatric patients receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at

Friday, May 1, 2015

Triage Consulting - Giving Back in a Big Way

Triage Consulting Group, a medical revenue consultancy in San Francisco, makes giving back to the community a priority.  “Triage believes that doing good is an integral part of doing well.  Being committed to the social and environmental health of our employees and communities is inherent to the business of Triage.”

These are more than just words. Triage employees volunteered over 1,200 hours to Family House in 2014 alone!  The partnership with Triage began more than 6 years ago when employees Lisa Anderson and Natalie Klotsche first found Family House and saw some connections. “Triage employees were eager to give back in the healthcare space and Family House was very appealing.” Lisa and Natalie met with Family House staff and came up with the idea to do a fundraiser to perform bedroom makeovers - the seed for Founder’s Day Projects for years to come. “This fundraiser eventually led us to volunteer at
other yearly events including Family House fundraisers, holiday parties, and other house projects. It’s interesting to look back to how this partnership started!”

Triage volunteers lend support to our families by hosting the annual Summer Barbecue, as well as family dinners throughout the year, and holiday house decorating in October, November, and December.

They can take credit for contributing to the financial successes of the 20th Annual Cabernet for Connoisseurs fundraiser and the 2014 Speakeasy Spring Gala. Triage volunteers tackled everything from event setup to silent auction management to selling raffle tickets, and much more, and then did it again at the  Latin Nights Gala on April 25, 2015 - our most successful annual gala yet!

This past year, Triage hosted a Variety Show Fundraiser that raised over $4,900 to benefit transportation for families between Family House and the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay.

In addition to Family House fundraiser event support, each year, Triage hosts Founder’s Day events, during which employees tackle projects over the course of several days. For the last several years, the Founder’s Day bedroom-remodeling projects at the 10th Avenue house have included purchasing new furniture and closet organizers, as well as deep-cleaning, and fresh coats of paint.

Year after year, Triage employees go above and beyond in their support of our families! Geena Haney, Senior Associate at Triage says, “We’ve really valued our relationship with Family House over the years and are excited for what’s in store for the years to come.”

For more information about volunteering at Family House, visit

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rockstar Volunteer: Delaney Randles

The work of a Volunteer Leader at Family House is never quite what one would expect. Many of our weekly volunteers help to restock the common areas of the house, ensuring that our families have enough supplies, including toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other necessities. This spring, our amazing volunteer Delaney Randles took on the job of restocking, inventorying, and reorganizing the house each week. She has been a huge help to the volunteer program as well as to other staff members helping with office projects.

 Not only does she volunteer and go to school she also has an internship at the California Department of Public Health and has often worked on issues with the CalREDIE system in hospitals and with problems involving disease outbreak.
When Delaney has a spare moment she loves science (especially neuroscience), sketching and painting, playing many instruments, and reading science fiction books and comics.

Delaney has gotten to know a lot of the volunteers and families, and is a huge help to the Volunteer Program. Thank you Delaney for all of your hard work! Family House wouldn’t be the same without you!

Learn more about volunteering at Family House at

Monday, April 20, 2015

Volunteer Appreciation Week

We have the greatest people surrounding us! Volunteers from all over the world find a small local charity in San Francisco called Family House where they make the choice to help. The entire existence of Family House could not have happened if it wasn't for volunteers.  

Family House started with an all-volunteer staff.  From the very beginning, it was volunteers that chose to come together to create a place where families would be taken care of. As the need to support more families started to grow, volunteers have been there every step of the way.

By providing meals, dogs to pet, yoga to relax, arts to create, a haircut to feel good, and maintaining the facilitates, volunteers have provided comfort and care to the families who stay with us. "It's as good as home." During the hardest time of their lives, volunteers make the experience at Family House so much better.

We send a big Thank You to over 1,700 volunteers who walk through our doors every year. As Family House moves to Mission Bay, our need for more dedicated, compassionate, quality volunteers will continue to grow. We are thrilled to be able to provide new opportunities for even more volunteers to get involved.

To all of our volunteers, thank you for making the choice to help provide families with community, comfort, and support to make them feel at home during their trying times.

To learn more about volunteering at Family House, visit