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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When I got to Raphael House, it just felt like a relief, like here we go, we’re on to the next step. Coming to Raphael House was the best thing I did because not only did your staff help us find housing, but they fed us. There were times before when we didn’t know where our next meal was going to come from. You always find a way to help a family regardless of circumstances.

– Maisha L., Former Resident

Be a Part of This Small but Mighty Community Fighting Homelessness

Over the next year, Raphael House is seeking $250,000 to increase its shelter and operational capacity in response to rising levels of need. Key to this growth are sustainable investments that help fund programs aimed at preventing family homelessness and moving families into stable housing. 

• The Financial Assistance for Family Stability service directs critical funds to families to help pay essential bills and rent. 

• The Academic Enrichment and Children’s Programs target children’s academic success, health, and development to break the cycle of poverty. 

None of this continuum of intensive wrap-around support would be possible without a compassionate community working together. “We might be small but we’re mighty and we do a lot with a little,” Nora Niesen, director of development, says. “Everyone can make an impact… Raphael House staff, volunteers, donors – everyone is part of this extended family to help the families that we serve.”

Key Supporters

Tom Poser, Board Chair
Laura Larsen, Board Vice-Chair
Charlie McEachron, Board Treasurer
Heather Sager, Board Secretary
Yannis Dosios, Director
Orlando Harris, Director
Amanda King, Director
Michele C. Lee, Director
Tom Miller, Director
Karl Werwath, Director
Bank of the West
Benificus Foundation
Calvary Presbyterian Church
Children of Shelters
Dodge & Cox
Priscilla and Keith Geeslin
Barbara Hager
Maverick Capital Foundation
Jon and Danielle Mewes
Qatalyst Partners
George H. Sandy Foundation