Raphael House Of San Francisco Announces Formation Of New Executive Leadership Council

By Giving List Staff   |   January 31, 2023

Raphael House — the only privately-funded family homeless shelter in San Francisco — announces the launch of their Executive Leadership Council (ELC),  a growing network of community-minded Bay Area professionals and philanthropists interested in advancing Raphael House’s mission, vision, and programs. 

Spearheaded by Raphael House’s new Board Chair, Tom Poser, and Executive Director Marc Slater, the ELC and its members will help grow the reach of Raphael House’s programs through their professional experience and connections.

“More of our community needs to know what an amazing place Raphael House is and the difference they make in the lives of San Francisco families,” Poser explained. “The ELC will help make that possible.”

ELC members will advance the organization’s mission through engaging in fundraising and volunteer opportunities that support the work of the organization, and provide external perspectives, professional advice, knowledge, and skills to ensure that Raphael House’s work is well-informed, relevant, and ultimately valuable to the community.

“I am honored to be a part of the ELC for Raphael House. As a mother of three, former educator, and Bay Area native I am motivated and inspired by everyone at Raphael House,” said Denise Bailey, ELC member and Chief of Staff at Uplifting Capital.

She continued, “I truly believe in the power of wraparound services and I feel fortunate to be able to support this work. Raphael House is so much more than a shelter, it is a village.” 

In addition to having an immediate impact on the lives of Bay Area families, ELC members benefit from professional networking opportunities with like-minded Bay Area supporters, access to group volunteer activities at Raphael House, and opportunities to learn and share with experts in the field of family homelessness solutions.

For more information, visit: raphaelhouse.org/about/elc/.

About Raphael House

The mission of Raphael House is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence. Since 1971, Raphael House has been at the forefront of providing homeless and low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area the personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures. Raphael House is a privately funded and community-supported organization. Our success rate is unmatched: last year, 94% of all Raphael House families achieved long-term housing and financial stability.


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The mission of Raphael House is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence.

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I came from a childhood that was really toxic and I wasn’t able to go live with a family member. At Raphael House, I started building relationships that were positive that I needed in my life. The part that gave me security was having our own room with our own key. It was a safe place for me to go to.

Janice, Client and former resident

Help Keep Families TOGETHER

The past few years have been challenging for Raphael House. The rising cost of doing business in the city, significant shifts in patterns of donations, and the simple fact that the shelter is over 100 years old and requires urgent repairs have created a budget deficit.

Raphael House needs to raise an additional $1.5 million this year to bridge the gap and to remain open.

Families experiencing homelessness rely on Raphael House’s personalized support to achieve and maintain housing and financial stability. Raphael House is 100% community supported, so increased support from donors like you is vital now more than ever.

Key Supporters

Tom Poser, Board Chair
Laura Larsen, Board Vice-Chair
Charlie McEachron, Board Treasurer
Heather Sager, Board Secretary
Yannis Dosios, Director
Laine Gomez, Director
Orlando Harris, Director
Amanda King, Director
Katie Kokenge, Director
Michele C. Lee, Director
Thomas B. Miller, Director
Karl Werwath, Director
Benificus Foundation
Cigna Healthcare
Bruce Colman and Margaret
Priscilla and Keith Geeslin
Barbara S. Hager
George H. Sandy Foundation
Solid Rock Foundation
Denise and Sigurd Strack