Educating children. Empowering families. Enriching community.

2013 Annual Report

A word from our Executive Director, Donna Cahill


Dear friends,

Once again 2013 successfully resulted in our graduates having the skills and confidence to realize their potential and, as research proves, eventually becoming contributing members of our community! Without YOU we would not be able to reflect so proudly on the last year or the 113 years before it.

Take a look at just a handful of the impactful highlights from 2013:

  • All 48 of our preschoolers (many who came to us with special needs) graduated ready to learn and lead in their new kindergarten classrooms.
  • 70% of parents/guardians used at least one of our Coming Home Family Support Center services i.e. job search and career planning; health insurance support; counseling; emergency assistance; free Farmer’s Market; etc.
  • 96% of our parents/guardians reported that they are “satisfied or very satisfied with our program.”
  • All 8 classrooms transitioned to a new school year with successful incorporation of our Continuity of Care educational model. This model allows our children to focus on healthy growth and development since continuity with teachers, classmates and environments is prioritized.
  • 112 children received scholarships so their parents were able to either work or attend school full-time thanks to you.
  • The 15+ member HFDH Young Professionals Auxiliary hosted their first event at the MatrixFillmore in March and raised over $30,000.
  • 50+ friends and donors raised funds for 2 scholarships and enjoyed our first annual Coming Home Speakers Series Luncheon in May that debuted Darby Furth Bonomi, who shared her lecture on Parenting Now: Set the Stage for Emotional Health. All donations from the luncheon benefitted the Marilyn Jaeger Scholarship Fund.

In 2014, as the gap between government subsidies and actual costs increases, won’t you please tell your friends, family, and co-workers about us? Our doors are always open to show our community how life-changing hope happens here because of your partnership!

With gratitude for your support,

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Donna M. Cahill
Executive Director

If you are interested in attending our Coming Home Speaker Series or helping with our May 16, 2014 Gala, let us know! Call 415.565.0504 x201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Financial Report


*$205,000: One-time Planned Gifts to launch an endowment. Learn more.

NancySuccess Story: Nancy

When Nancy and her family came to the United States in 2005, she had aspirations of obtaining the American Dream knowing some hard work was in store.

Things were going wonderfully for her family, which included her three children: Franco, Alexia, and Jennifer. Suddenly, a terrible accident in 2010 tore their lives apart, uprooting Nancy and her children from the home and the familiarity they had established in Daly City.

Finding herself and her children abruptly and unforeseeably homeless in San Francisco, Nancy refocused all of her energy into day-to-day survival. Despite all of her hard work in the past, she and her children were now struggling to find food, shelter and money for the bus. At her lowest point, Nancy’s oldest son, Franco, pleaded with her to stop sneaking onto the bus without paying any fare because she had always taught him that stealing was wrong. Without other means of transportation to navigate the limited resources throughout the city they needed for survival, she explained to him that they simply had to do it, but one day she would be certain to pay it back to their community.

Fortunately, Nancy soon found a partnership at Homeless Prenatal Program. Her case manager helped her make appointments to tour local schools, including Holy Family Day Home. Nancy fell in love with the community at the Day Home, and felt like it would be the best fit for her children. It would be a place that would enable them to get the attention and love they deserved after months of emotional trauma. Unfortunately, the Day Home lacked openings for new students and the small glimmer of hope that she felt after her visit was extinguished.

Nancy said it was a true miracle when a spot unexpectedly became available for her youngest daughter, Jennifer, just a few months later. With Jennifer at the Day Home and Franco in elementary school, Nancy, accompanied by her three year old, Alexia, accomplished much more in the day, like navigating the complexities of the shelter system. Not long after Jennifer came to the Day Home, a space for Alexia opened, as well. Nancy was extremely relieved that all of her children now had a safe and stable environment to call home five days a week. Nancy also found a fountain of strength and encouragement in her relationship with the Day Home’s Family Services Team.

The Family Services Team helped Nancy piece her new life together, including working through the intricacies of CalWorks, coordinating much-needed therapy for her children, writing her letters of recommendation for housing, and simply providing Nancy and her children with food, clothes, and bus passes. Liberated by this new support system and empowered by having her children in a safe, loving environment, Nancy was free to take the steps needed to improve her set of skills for new employment. She enrolled and excelled in a program to complete her GED with the goal of attending college to become a nurse. Additionally, through her partnership with the Family Services Team, Nancy and her children found permanent housing just four months shy of becoming homeless again after a two year struggle with the shelter system.

Knowing that terrible things can happen to anyone at any time, Nancy feels this is all the more reason to help others when you can. She encouraged a group of women she had built a community with at the Day Home’s Fullerton Evening Program to partake in the Family Independence Initiative. This program incentivizes and assists with the completion of small goals set by the group. One of the group’s goals was to give back to the community, so this group of women, Nancy included, spent an evening cooking food and handing it out to people living on the street. They chose this goal because most of them know the fear of food insecurity. Now that they feel more stable, they want to alleviate that fear, if only for one meal, for others. Nancy says “I am so grateful to everyone who supports the Day Home, because this is the only place that did not expect anything from me in my darkest hour.”

“Because of Holy Family Day Home, my children are safe and thriving and I can work towards my goal of giving back to others.”

2013 gifts to Holy Family Day Home


2014 Coming Home Gala

casinoroyaleA Night at Casino Royale

You may have already received our Save the Dates for our fast approaching 2014 Coming Home Gala: A Night at Casino Royale, but we want to make sure everyone knows about our BIG event this year.

Join us on Friday, May 16, 2014, with casino tables filling the halls of the Julia Morgan Ballroom and Merchants Exchange Club.

You won’t find any slot machines on the floor, but black jack, roulette and craps tables will abound. If cards are your game, you may even consider a VIP ticket that will give you access to the VIP Poker Room. Hands will be dealt and bets placed all in the name of helping the children and families of Holy Family Day Home.

This blockbuster evening will celebrate over a 100 years of helping families of San Francisco with online, silent and live auctions, special programming and so much more.

For the first time, we will also be throwing an After Party, which will take place in the Merchants Exchange Club directly following the main event. Check your mail or click below for more TOP SECRET information on this spectacular event.

More info  |  Buy tickets  |  Host Committee  |  Donate to Auction

Time to write or revise your will?pencil

Contact Susan Fox in our Development Department at 415-565-0504, Ext. 223, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here for a free booklet on How to Protect Your Rights with a Will. And when you write your will or living trust, please consider a bequest to Holy Family Day Home.

Always consult an attorney in estate planning matters.