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Latest News

Bob Nibbi and friends "Rock N Roll All Year Long"

Bob Nibbi was the big winner of the 2016 Cabernet for Connoisseurs “Rock N Roll All Year Long: Page, Revolver, and Green Day” live auction lot, and just claimed his prize - 52 mixed bottles of Page Wine Cellars & Revolver Wine Company wine, as well as dinner at Foreign Cinema with Page Wine Cellars’ Bryan Page and Green Day’s Mike Dirnt. Everyone in attendance had a blast. Congratulations on your win, Bob, and thank you for your years of endless support!

Green Day's Mike Dirnt with Bob Nibbi

News Archive

Spring 2016
Family House is now serving families in Mission Bay!

As of May 9, 2016, Family House is 100% operational and now serving families from the 80-bedroom Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay.

We are so excited to open new doors of compassion in Mission Bay – serving 80 families per night with the same compassionate community that has been the Family House hallmark since 1981. The new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House boasts features long requested by families, and was designed from the ground up with families in mind. The new LEED-Platinum Certified Family House has a 9,200 square foot outdoor meditation courtyard, fitness center, teen room, comfortable communal living and dining facilities, laundry, parking, and much more. Brand new beds were fabricated and so generously donated by European SleepWorks; play space furniture was a fabulous gift of Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn Kids; all furnishings for the new house were selected for the comfort of our families to create the feeling of a home away from home.

Click here to continue reading the message from CEO Alexandra Morgan.

A letter from CEO Alexandra Morgan - Family House has Moved to Mission Bay


Late Winter 2016
Administrative Offices Have Moved, and We're Hiring!

The administrative offices have moved to the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at 540 Mission Bay Blvd., North, San Francisco, CA 94158. Families will move from our 10th Avenue location in the Inner Sunset within a few weeks - and we can't wait!

Family House is hiring! Click here to see the current open positions.

The Administrative Offices have moved to the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House in Mission Bay

Winter 2016
Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House Grand Opening: March 2, 2016

March 2nd marked the Grand Opening of The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay. The new 80-room Family House will feature expanded amenities and services for families, while more than doubling the number of families we can serve each night. Our most heartfelt thanks to all of the donors who helped realize this vision! Click here for photos.

Grand Opening for the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House on March 2, 2016

Fall 2015
Capital Campaign to Build the Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House is Complete!

We did it. All of us TOGETHER - we have surpassed the $42.0 million capital campaign fundraising goal to build the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay. Every member of our Board of Directors, every staff member, many of our families, donors and volunteers made it happen. We did it. Over 10 years ago, when it was first announced that the UCSF Children's Hospital would move to Mission Bay, the news was greeted with more than a little head scratching at Family House. We had just purchased, renovated, endowed and opened a second Koret Family House in the neighborhood. On reading the announcement in the newspaper, the Family House Board of Directors and staff began discussing what this meant to us, and the vision was clear - Family House wanted to move, too. Close proximity to the hospital is a great strength in providing free, temporary housing and of paramount importance to the families who stay at Family House. Read more about this incredible achievement!

Capital Campaign to Build the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House is Complete!

Summer 2015
Buy a Personalized Paver to Support the Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House

Family House is pleased to offer naming opportunities in the meditation garden at the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House in Mission Bay, scheduled for opening in March of 2016. The outdoor courtyard will be the main focal point of the building.

A six-foot-wide walking path will meander around two distinct circular areas filled with green natural lush lawn, select plantings, and flowers. Surrounded by shade trees, shrubs, and picturesque sitting areas, a lighted pathway will be designed with pavers that can be personalized with your name or in honor of a loved one. Click here to purchase a personalized paver, or click here to read more about the Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House.

Buy a Personalized Paver to support the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Early Spring 2015
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Moving to Mission Bay

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is moving to Mission Bay on Sunday, February 1st. We at Family House are dedicated to continuing to fulfill our mission of providing safe, comfortable housing close to the hospital. To that end, we are currently building the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay, scheduled to open in February, 2016. Until the new Family House opens, we will continue to operate our current facilities at 50 Irving Street and 1234 10th Avenue, and will help you get down to the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay.

UCSF Parnassus and UCSF Mission Bay Campus Maps

Autumn 2014
Broke Ground on the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, September 17, 2014

September 17th, 2014 was, indeed, a wonderful day for Family House. Over 300 family members and friends attended the exciting red letter day at our groundbreaking ceremony. Mayor Edwin Lee, The Archbishop Riordan High School Marching Band and the SFPD Mounted Police brought due recognition and pomp to the event. Joined on the dais by naming donors, Nancy and Stephen Grand; UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood; Family House Founder, Dr. Art Ablin; UCSF CEO, Mark Laret; Board Chair, Scott Miller; Campaign Chair, Drew McKnight; and CEO, Alexandra Morgan speeches were delivered and then punctuated by Jayme King, a current patient, whose moving story brought home the reason for the project.

Groundbreaking of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Summer 2014
Family House Now Owns the Land for the Future Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House

Family House now owns Block 7 East in Mission Bay, as of July 28, 2014. Thanks to the incredibly detailed and intrepid efforts of Karen Tiedemann, our attorney at Goldfarb and Lipman, our fearless leader, Scott Miller, and many staff and volunteer hours, the land is ours.

The process took five years to complete, primarily due to the demise of the California Redevelopment Agency; but this red letter day is a testament to merits of focusing on the goal and getting the job done. Special thanks to Catherine Reilly at the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, as well as to the OCII Commissioners and Erica Wray at the Mission Bay Development Corporation. All made special efforts on our behalf, and we are grateful to each.

Rendering of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Midsummer 2014
Calling All Angels Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $66,000

The Calling All Angels crowdfunding campaign ran from May 6 to June 15th. 234 funders contributed to the campaign, raising $66,290 towards the new Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay! In addition to funds raised, the crowdfunding page on the indiegogo site was visited by 12,880 people in 44 countries - resulting in worldwide exposure for the Family House Mission.

Thank you to all our #FHAngels who helped spread the word!

Calling All Angels - a crowdfunding campaign for the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Summer 2014
Family House Launches Its First-Ever Crowdfunding Campaign, Calling All Angels

In the public phase of the Capital Campaign for the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, Family House has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign on, the Calling All Angels campaign, with a fundraising goal of $100,000 toward the new building in Mission Bay.

Click here to visit the Calling All Angels page, and make a donation to the campaign. There are many great perks for donating, including autographed CDs and guitars from Grammy-award-winning San Francisco rock band Train, and the opportunity to have your name on rooms in the new house.

To download graphics that you can share to help get the word out, and to answer any questions, please visit our Calling All Angels FAQ page.

Calling All Angels - a crowdfunding campaign for the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Spring 2014
Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ 2014 - a letter from Dr. Art Ablin, Family House Founder:

Dear Karen, Neil and the 2014 Cabernet Committee:

What a wonderful event!!!

We raised a lot; I don't know exactly how much or if it was more or less than last year's Cabernet, but that doesn't make it any less spectacular than it was. It was the best. There is nothing anyone can put into words that describes the excitement there, gobs of beautiful young volunteers opening doors and giving directions, the swizzling glasses and smacking lips in the wine tasting rooms, the careful and orderly arrangement of the displayed silent auction items and the constant, hum-drum pace of the auction. The talks that Neil, Alexandra, and Dick Grace gave so eloquently brought home the Family House Mission and of course having the Ferrick Family there with young Jay's presence on the stage left no doubt about what the evening was for. I know we raised over $500,000 on people just raising their numbers, to say nothing of the rest of the wine and other items. It was absolutely the best!


Family House Co-Founders Dr. Arthur Ablin and Debbie Ablin

Winter 2014

Family House has gotten some excellent press lately! Click here to see what the media has been saying about Family House.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Fall 2013

Introducing "Family Stories," a new video series that features a new Family House family story each month. Told in their own words, these families have a chance to share their inspiring story with you. Watch the first Family Stories video, and read past Family Stories here.

Family House Family Stories videos

Summer 2013

Family House was just profiled by the Sun-Reporter, a regional newspaper that highlights stories of interest to the African-American community. The article talks about the history and future of Family House, and profiles one of our families. Read the article here.

Sun Times article profiling Family House and one of our families

Spring 2013

Family House Advisory Committee member Susan Mall was recently appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee to the SF Library Commission. She is a development professional with a successful track record of providing leadership, strategic planning and event production, and we are honored to have her on our Board. Congratulations, Susan!

Be a Wine Buyer for a day! Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant Owner/Partner Debbie Zachareas is offering this extraordinary experience to raise money and awareness for Family House. Not only is she a member of our Board of Directors, she has also been instrumental in making Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ our biggest annual fundraising event. Read more about Debbie, her wine expertise, and this program.

San Francisco rockers Train are at it again with more award-winning wine to benefit Family House! A new varietal, "Soul Sister Pinot Noir" is on shelves now. Find out more!

Debbie Zachareas of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant donates to Family House

Winter 2012-2013

Family House was featured on CBS San Francisco's Bay Sunday on November 18th. View the video here, and check out CBS Bay Sunday's Facebook page.

Our good friends in San Francisco-based rock band Train have just introduced Save Me, San Francisco Chocolate - the proceeds of which benefit Family House. Partnering with the San Francisco Chocolate Company, there are three exclusive flavors: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and 61% Cacao Dark Chocolate. Click here to buy, or click here to learn more.

Save Me San Francisco Chocolate to benefit Family House

Fall 2012

Vote for Family House in 7x7 Magazine's "San Francisco's Favorite Charity 2012" contest, and help Family House win $10,000 from PG&E! You can vote every day through November 13th. Click here to vote, and tell your friends!

East Bay painter Seamus Berkeley has undertaken a new portrait series to capture the varied life at Family House, including children undergoing treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, their families, caretakers, and Family House volunteers. The painting series, entitled Portraits of Family House, will total over two dozen portraits. Their donation will coincide with the construction of the new Family House building at Mission Bay. For Seamus, the project represents a longtime goal of his - to create works of art that serve a larger social purpose. "It's about using art to tell an inspiring story and to celebrate life," says Berkeley. The project will culminate in the publication of a hardcover art book that will present the history of Family House, as well as the stories behind each of the painting subjects. Please check back for updates on Seamus' project, or read more about Seamus at

Seamus Berkeley paints Portraits of Family House

Summer 2012

San Francisco-based rock band Train stopped by Family House to present CEO Alexandra Morgan with a donation from their Save Me, San Francisco winery. Watch the video on ABC 7 online.

Rock band Train donates to Family House

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