Monday, March 16, 2015

Help Bobby "The Easter Bunny" Raise Money for Family House

The bunny is coming! The bunny is coming! It’s almost time for Bobby “The Bunny” Thomas’ amazing annual fundraiser for Family House. Each year, he rallies the Inner Sunset neighborhood to donate whatever they can for Family House kids. Thank you, Bobby, and everyone who donates to give the kids an amazing party!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House Construction Time Lapse

Watch the latest Time Lapse video of the construction of the Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay! This video starts at pre-construction in November 2014 and goes through the end of February 2015. To learn more about the future of Family House, visit


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rockstar Volunteers: Vagaboom

Have you ever tried to stop and smell the flowers?

Our families and staff certainly have with the help from Amanda, a specialist in aromatherapy and botanical remedies made from natural ingredients you would find in the home.

Amanda came to Family House from a nonprofit called Vagaboom whose mission is to supplement diminished arts and physical education in schools, community centers, and women’s shelters.

We were lucky enough to have Vagaboom artist and therapist Amanda working with Family House throughout February. She taught patients, families, and even staff how to stop and relax through art and creative activities using your sense of smell to guide you through the process.

“It’s a smelly world out there,” said Amanda, "we should take the time to stop and smell something that we enjoy, that calms, and heals." Families got to make their own body scrubs, perfumed oils, and facial masks to take with them wherever they go.

Amanda believes that these small things can make our bodies relax, and can be incorporated in our everyday lives, no matter how hectic things get. We thank Amanda and Vagaboom for their support in making the families’ experience just a little easier at Family House.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rockstar Volunteers: has undoubtably been one of our biggest community supporters. Salesforce volunteers are efficient, eager to help, and compassionate in every project they do with us. Whether they are deep cleaning communal spaces, hosting fun activities for kids or painting many walls at our facilities they always do it well and with a smile.

Family House is one of the few nonprofits where they send their newly hired employees from across the globe to volunteer as a part of their orientation at Salesforce. For almost 2 years, we have had Salesforce new hire teams help every month - 20 people at a time. 

In 2014, Salesforce volunteers, including new hires and returning employees, donated 521 hours of their time. Salesforce has certainly been a force of influence and support - their employee volunteers are caring and are willing to help at any capacity.

Since 2008, they have volunteered a total of 3,050 hours (so far), and in conjunction with the Salesforce Foundation, have donated over $80,000 through volunteer grants and fundraising event sponsorships. They are a “Hey Mambo” level sponsor of the 2015 Latin Nights Family House Gala, and were a “Martini” level sponsor of the 2014 Speakeasy Family House Gala.

We would like to recognize and thank Salesforce and their employees for their willingness to always go far above and beyond for all the families who stay at Family House.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Captain Teri Barrett

SFPD Captain Teri Barrett has been volunteering at Family House since 2006. Development Director Susan Neff originally brought Captain Barrett on board, and she is always happy to do whatever is asked of her: office tasks leading up to fundraising events, pitching in to help families, you name it!

She’s so well-loved by all who know her that when we needed volunteers for the 2013 Bubbles & Bling fundraising event, she said, “I know just who to call!” The “Bling Patrol” consisted of a dozen young men who said, “We’ll do anything for Captain Barrett!”

Teri Barrett is a 5th-generation San Franciscan and a graduate of Mercy High School (go Skippers!) and has been serving our city for 29 years. She is looking forward to her much-deserved retirement this summer. Thank you, Teri, for all you do for Family House and our community!