“My joy is seeing the families as they first walked through the door and that support that they feel and that relief that they feel that, finally they have a place that for now they can call home until their real next home is achieved”- Marc Slater
Our featured voices in this episode are Cecilia Ferber the Director of Family Services and Marc Slater the Executive Director, of Raphael House. With over 15 months into the pandemic our most vulnerable families are continuing to face housing problems and securing support services. The City of San Francisco has extended the rent moratorium for another 60 days to the end of August but the end of the State of California’s rent mortium ending June 30th. With the potential of more families becoming homeless we wanted to bring you the voices of Raphael House to share their work on being a bridge out of homeless and poverty for families over these past 50 years. To find out more about Raphael House’s residential shelter and bridge program as well as support their children programs please go to raphael house dot org
After listening to how Raphael House is helping our families stay in housing we hope that you will get engaged in advocating for our state legislators to both extend the rent moratorium, and provide more funding payments to help families, to reduce their back rent as well as support other programs.
Over the 14 months of this series we wanted to bring voices from wonderfully powerful organizations supporting our families, youth and adults while being unhoused as well as providing the necessary wrap-around services to help stabilize them. We hope that you will take the time to listen back to incredibly insightful interviews with Kevin from Miracle Messages in Episode 1, Doniece and Kris of LavaMaeX in Episode 3, Meghan from Simply the Basics in Episode 16, Doug from Huckleberry Youth Programs in Episode 19, Charles and Demaree from At the Crossroads in Episode 29 along with our conversation with Lyslynn of BMAGIC and Sakeenah from Third Street Youth Center and Clinic in Episode 51 as well as conversation with George and Kenneth of GLIDE in Episode 42 and our conversation with one of the oldest family services agency in San Francisco Edgewood Center for Children and Families with Justine and Gregg Biggs in Episode 54