Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Carnival 2017

Our second annual End of Summer Carnival at the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House was a blast! We had so many great volunteers who pitched in with donations, decorations, hosting carnival games, prizes, entertainment, food, and so much more! All of the parents and children in attendance had a great time! Thanks to everyone who helped give our families such a fun and special afternoon! Special thanks to Gina Gorman and friends, including residents, staff, and business partners of The Madrone Residences; Canine Companions for Independence therapy dogs; Boswick The Clown; Suzy Q face painting; San Francisco Fire Department/ SFFD Station 4; photographer Jillian Gorman Photography; summer high school volunteers; and regular weekly Family House SanFrancisco volunteers - we could not have provided such a wonderful experience without each and every one of you! See photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/FamilyHouseSanFrancisco/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10159037587795277

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome Joanne Gold, Chief Development Officer

Please join us in welcoming the new Family House Chief Development Officer, Joanne Gold! Joanne comes to us with a wealth of development experience, and we’re so excited that she’s part of the team!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Stories: Ja'Ceon and Dannie - Opening Doors

When Dannie was offered an experimental new treatment option to save her nephew, Ja’Ceon, she said, “If there’s a chance to save another kid’s life, let’s do it.” Watch the video featuring this courageous family.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rockstar Volunteer: Hailey Koh

Hailey Koh encompasses what it means to be an extraordinary volunteer! As a new resident of California, Hailey decided that volunteering would be an excellent way to connect with the local community. 

Hailey sought out to make a positive impact through her volunteerism, and Family House has been the beneficiary of her incredible service. 
On three or four mornings a week, Hailey serves the Family Breakfast before she heads off to her fulltime job. She sets out the food items and coffee, and greets families with a warm welcome.

Hailey has the ability to work with people of all ages, especially in the most difficult circumstances, and is willing to help families however possible. No matter the task, she carries it out promptly and efficiently.

Hailey has, without exception, interacted with each family and every request with empathy and compassion. She believes in Family House’s mission and is willing to go above and beyond for families whenever possible. Hailey’s unwavering work ethic at Family House has demonstrated that she is a rockstar volunteer.  Thank you, Hailey!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Karen Banks

Name: Karen Banks

Where did you grow up?
Born in Southern California, but raised in the East Bay.

Position at Family House:
Director of Volunteer Programs

Reason for working at Family House:
I absolutely love helping our families and seeing the joy on their faces. They are going through such an emotional time in their lives, and it means the world to me if we can bring them some joy, even just for an afternoon.

Favorite thing to do in San Francisco: 
I love running around the city and have run the full San Francisco Marathon.

What makes you special?
I try to have compassion for everyone I meet, and learning is an ever-evolving process. My favorite quote is, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.” – Bill Nye

What's the story behind the photo?
In 2015, I took my first trip to Canada, and went to visit Butchart Gardens in Victoria. It was the most gorgeous and mesmerizing botanical garden that I have ever been to.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rockstar Volunteer: Jillian Wong, Intern

Meet Jillian Wong, a recent Family House intern. Hear why volunteering at Family House is so important to her and her entire family, and about the difference you can make by volunteering at Family House.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Family Stories: Tauriel’s Family

Family House Family Stories: Sharing the brave and inspiring stories of families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This story features Tauriel G and her family, from Whiteriver, Arizona - they  have been staying at Family House in San Francisco for over a year while Tauriel undergoes treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Hear how Family House helped keep their family together in a time of crisis.