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House Notes | July 2023

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Johnny's Story

With a free spirit and a heart full of love, 6-year-old Johnny rides his wheelchair around Family House with a giant smile on his face. He’s bursting with positive energy and always stops to play and chit chat.

Four years ago, Johnny was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM), which results in weak muscles and can impair physical function.

“Family House has been a huge help to us financially and emotionally,” said Johnny’s mom and dad, Martina and Aldrich. “It was a relief knowing we had a place to stay, while my son continues his treatment and follow-up appointments at UCSF,” said Martina. Their family came to Family House from Houston, Texas in 2022. “We feel the homey vibe here.”

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Impact 2022 Annual Report: All children deserve space to heal

We provided housing by the hospital, comfort, and care to more than 670 families in 2022. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, we accomplished so much together. Read our Impact report to learn more.

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Brenda Jackson Drake Tours Family House

Family House welcomed Brenda Jackson Drake, wife of UC President Dr. Michael Drake, to Family House to meet patient families and take a tour. She was thrilled to see the many ways we provide family-centered care with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

Donor Spotlight: Denise Goertz 

“I have a passion for giving back and actively seek opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of others, especially when it comes to children,” said realtor Denise Goertz. 

Denise donates a portion of her earnings from each home sale or purchase to Family House.

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Community & Connection

Summer is on! 🚀

A huge shoutout to our friends at BDO for bringing on the giggles, joy, and so much happiness by hosting the Family House summer carnival. Kids had a blast winning prizes at the classic carnival games (think ping pong fishbowl toss and pop-a-shot), laughing at the clown, jumping in the bounce house, transforming with vibrant face paintings and so much more!

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Cozy & Comforting Quilts 🧡

“We like to think of our quilts as a big hug from us!” said quilters Adrienne and Jessica, of the San Francisco Quilters Guild.

This month, they gave more than 60 quilts to Family House, choosing the most colorful and vibrant quilts for our teens, hoping to bring cheer to their day. We are so grateful for their support!

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San Francisco, CA 94158


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