San Francisco, CA, September 17, 2015 – Family House, Inc. today announced the Topping Out Ceremony for the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00am in Mission Bay along the shores of the San Francisco Bay and just south of AT&T Park. With the Grand Opening set for March 2, 2016, the $42 million Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House will be located a few blocks away from the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. This ceremony is an expression of hope for the secure completion of the building and a blessing for it and the future Family House guests, staff, and partners. The final ceremonial beam is decorated with drawings, photos, and mementoes from many of the families who have stayed at Family House and gathered over the 30 plus years of the organization.
Family House serves 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.
Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and constructed by Nibbi Brothers, the 92,000 square foot building will include 80 bedrooms, a family atmosphere, communal kitchens, living rooms, teen room, exercise room, family parking, and a private 3,200 square foot outdoor courtyard. The new building will more than double the organization’s current capacity at its two locations on Irving Street and 10th Avenue in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood. These two locations will be consolidated into the new facility.
“We are ecstatic that this moment has arrived. The final beam will be put in place to strengthen not only the building itself but the bonds that Family House has with its families, UCSF, the city of San Francisco, and our new neighborhood in Mission Bay. The groundbreaking was only a year ago and we are all looking forward to opening our new doors of compassion on March 2, 2016,” said Family House CEO Alexandra Morgan.
The idea for Family House germinated in the 1970’s as UCSF Medical Center began pioneering pediatric cancer research and treatments. Many children with life-threatening illnesses could not be cared for in their own communities and would need travel to San Francisco for care. So, in 1981, a small group of physicians, parents, and concerned supporters were brought together to establish the first Family House across the street from the hospital. The influx of young patients from all over the country and the world whose families had nowhere to stay forced many to sleep on the hospital floor, in waiting room chairs or even in their cars. Family House now provides housing for patients and their families living more than 50 miles from San Francisco and many live at or below the low-income status.
With cancer treatment taking weeks or even months, Family House is an oasis and a compassionate space for children and families going through the hardest times in their lives.
For more information, www.familyhouseinc.org.