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Family Night Dinner at Family House - 6 Volunteers

Join us for Family Night at Family House!  We'll be cooking dinner for 20-25 residents and sitting down for a large dinner Family House style afterwards.  Please just bring yourself, as all other supplies will be provided.


Family Night

When you think of bringing people together, most of the time a dinner table is involved. Easing the stress of shopping or cooking after a long grueling day at the hospital gives our families the opportunity to relax and collect themselves. Creating that community of support is what Family Night is all about.





4:30 - 5:15  Arrive and set up

5:15 - 6:15  Dinner

6:15 - 7:00  Clean up


If you plan on coming, try to bring one of the following items that Family House is always in need of:

Full size shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes and combs

Hair products and shaving cream

Children's toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss

Sanitary napkins and tampons

Full size hand and body lotion




Diaper rash ointment, baby lotion and baby powder

Children's Tylenol and Aspirin

Gift cards: Safeway, Lucky's, Walgreens, gas cards and phone cards

Non-Perishable Food: canned food, breakfast bars, juice boxes, etc.


About Family House


Family House Mission Statement

Family House is to serve as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.


Our History: What We Do

Founded in 1981, Family House is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF. Our two locations sustain nearly a 100% occupancy rate and can accommodate 107 people per night. Over the course of a year we serve more than 2,000 families.

Family House is an independent organization led by a professional staff and board of directors dedicated to providing residential services free-of-charge to qualifying families. Since we receive no financial support from UCSF, or any other public entity, we rely solely on the generous contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations.


Working with the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital

Working in conjunction with University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, we strive to provide family-centered care for patient families. Pediatric social workers refer all patient families to Family House. While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are our most common guests, we also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.


The Future of Family House

As Family House looks to the future, we hope to continue serving the pediatric patient population when UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital moves to the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The area is being redeveloped from the ground up, which means Family House must acquire a piece of land and construct a new building in the vicinity of the hospital to fulfill our mission. Plans are under way to ensure that families will receive the same care, comfort and compassionate housing completely free of charge while their child receives care at the new hospital.

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  • E L.

    Hi there,
    I have 3 boys ages 11, 14, 16 and we all usually do volunteering together as a family. They are great in the kitchen. Would they be able to come and help with me?

    August 26, 2014

    • Leslie Smith R.

      That should be fine. I'll go ahead and sign you up. If you need to cancel, please do so ASAP so other people can sign up. I'm only worried because if you cancel then there will only be three of us to cook for 25 people. I look forward to meeting you!

      August 26, 2014

    • E L.

      Thank you Leslie. 4 of us will be there to help tomorrow. See you then!

      September 2, 2014

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