Family House News & Events

Read below to find out about latest news and upcoming events, and click here to find out how you can get involved with Family House.


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Business Times Special Supplement

In advance of the groundbreaking of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House on September 17th, the San Francisco Business Times has released a special supplement that highlights the history and future of Family House.

Click here to view the supplement (2.6MB PDF).

News Archive

Late 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.

Click here to read more about the Capital Campaign to build the new Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay.

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!

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.

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!


Winter 2014

Have you seen the latest with the progress on the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House in Mission Bay? Click here to get the latest Mission Bay Family House news.

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

Fall 2013

We are thrilled to report that we are making progress towards the land acquisition for the new Family House in Mission Bay. Click here to get the latest Mission Bay Family House news.

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.

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.

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!

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 famous San Francisco chocolatiers Ghiardelli, there are three exclusive flavors: Dark Cabernet, Sea Salt Almond, and 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate. Click here to buy, or click here to learn more.

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

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.

Latest Newsletter & Featured Family

The stories in this month's newsletter include: a followup on All Star Staci Pursley; Volunteer Spotlight on Caryn Pierce; Welcome New Board Members Eli Kha and Bobby "The Bunny" Thomas; a Special Thank You to Volunteers during National Volunteer Week; and a listing of upcoming events.

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The Family House community extends beyond our walls through a number of events each year. Click on the links below to learn more.

Upcoming Fundraising Events

  • Click here to read details about upcoming fundraising events, and to purchase tickets!

Upcoming YPAC Events

  • Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) consists of inspired young professionals who represent and advocate for Family House by hosting mixers and fundraisers throughout San Francisco. Follow YPAC on Facebook!

Past Fundraising Events

  • Click here to read about past fundraising events, and to view photos from the event!

San Francisco Business Times Family House Supplement

Rendering of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

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

Dr. Arthur Ablin and Debbie Ablin

The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay

Introducing Family House Family Stories videos

Sun Times article profiling Family House and one of our families

Debbie Zachareas of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant donates to Family House

Save Me San Francisco Chocolate to benefit Family House

Seamus Berkeley paints Portraits of Family House

Mission Bay Groundbreaking

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