MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (November 23, 2020) -- Raphael House, a privately funded non-profit focused on helping low-income families and families experiencing homelessness in San Francisco, was nominated by Anika Sachse and Nate Prouty to receive a 2020 grant from NorthMarq’s Community Involvement program.
This year, the grant will be used to offset the impact of COVID-19, helping the non-profit continue our essential services for families experiencing homelessness during this public health crisis. Many families are struggling to pay groceries, back rent, utility bills, and healthcare due to illnesses, layoffs, and reduced work hours, according to Marc Slater, executive director – Raphael House.
“Because Raphael House is 100 percent privately-funded, we are able to adapt our services to meet the most immediate needs of our families, whether it's shelter or after-care support through our Bridge Program,” said Slater.
The Bridge Program provides services to families who previously stayed at Raphael House to help them maintain stability and housing. Just recently, the non-profit launched our Family Stability Services which will provide direct aid to up to 40 families in our post-shelter Bridge Program. The Family Stability Services will provide families with funds to cover rent, utility bills, food and clothing, childcare costs, and technology access through subsidies for Internet service providers.
“We selected Raphael House as they focus on helping families in the Bay Area achieve stable housing, a mission they’ve been on since 1971 with a proven success rate of over 85%,” said Sachse.