H5'ers Pitch In at Raphael House
A committed group of H5’ers, always happy to lend a helping hand, today took the afternoon to volunteer at Raphael House in San Francisco, a remarkable organization that has been serving homeless families in the City since 1971 by providing a home-like environment with an especially strong children’s support structure. Raphael House allows most families it serves to achieve a stable housing and financial situation after leaving their program.
Raphael House, a 100% privately funded and community-supported organization, is a 31 room, family, homeless shelter with a very small staff and relies heavily on volunteer support to help keep the house clean and comfortable for the 20+ families who live there. The H5 team provided 54 hours of volunteer time, cleaning and organizing areas such as the dining room, common living spaces both indoor and outdoor, library, the children’s playroom, and the stock room. Tasks included sweeping, polishing, wiping, mopping, taking inventory, sorting children’s backpacks, and arranging flowers for the dining hall.
The team also worked on some arts and crafts decorations for an upcoming spring carnival event being held at the house. They report having had a fantastic experience collaborating with the staff and look forward to going back.
Many thanks to the H5 team for their support of volunteer organizations throughout the Bay Area!