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2015 Annual Report

A Letter from Day Home Alumnus and Board Member, Sam Wan

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Dear Friends,

It’s important for me to state first that I am a proud alumnus of Holy Family Day Home. When I was three months old, cancer selfishly stole my mother from me, my sister (also a Day Home alumna), and my father. During that crisis, the Sisters welcomed me and my family into their ‘home away from home’ and ever since, I have felt like a member of the family.

It is not a stretch for me to say that being a part of the family at the Day Home saved me. It allowed me to have the best caregivers that a baby boy needed while my father worked. Once the stability and love of the Day Home was in place, the rest of my social and emotional development had the chance to thrive. And, I have to mention that Sister Alicia was my first boss, as well, providing me my first paycheck (what a thrill!) as I worked for the Day Home as a teenager during the summer! On so many levels, the Day Home made all the difference to me and my childhood.

SamHFDHThanks to the exemplary early childhood education I received at the Day Home, I continued my education and I am now a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Training, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, with the San Francisco VA Healthcare System. I firmly believe that my start at the Day Home had a lot to do with my career choice in the helping professions.

I am honored to join the Board and to support the mission of the Day Home, the legacy of which currently resides in me. The story of the “Giving Tree” is a vivid one I was read as a child at the Day Home. I see myself as “the boy” in the story with the selfless Day Home as the “giving tree,” only now, I can rewrite the story to include my giving back. In my case, serving and giving back to the Day Home has only been a matter of time, and I feel so privileged to do so.

Having attended the Day Home under similar circumstances as many of the children currently here, I know how valuable your gifts are to the programs, and how thankful everyone is for your continued generosity and support.

Kind Regards,

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Sam Wan, PhD
HFDH Alumnus and
New Board Member

Financial Report

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Over the past year, the Day Home has been ramping up its volunteer program with corporations like GAP, Google, Levi’s, Millennial Media, and Salesforce, as well as community organizations, like HandsOn Bay Area and Boston College Alum, all visiting to lend a hand. We also had a lot of wonderful individual volunteers give their time and talent to help our children and teachers. We thank you all for your commitment to improving your community through service! If you or a team at your company would like to volunteer at the Day Home, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2015 gifts to Holy Family Day Home

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Planning the best for future generations

Mike CarrollVirginia Fair Legacy Society Member, HFDH Board Member, and our volunteer librarian, Mike Carroll, reads to children in our library.

Holy Family Day Home is about generations. We offer the current generation of children exceptional early childhood education, we provide their parent’s generation with support services, and we work tirelessly to end the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

It’s for the future generations of San Francisco’s children and families that some of our most generous benefactors choose to create a lasting legacy by including the Day Home in their long-range gift planning. There are many ways you can ensure the longevity of the Day Home through a planned gift, some that include:

  • A special bequest that includes the Day Home in your Will.
  • Charitable gift annuities, which are IRS-approved vehicles that allow you to make an irrevocable gift of assets now in return for fixed annuity payments for the rest of your life.
  • Individuals over 70 ½ who have a traditional or Roth IRA may arrange tax-free gifts of up to $100,000 per year to the Day Home.

If you make a planned gift to the Day Home, you will qualify as a member of our Virginia Fair Legacy Society, and all planned gifts go toward funding the Day Home Endowment. If you’d like more information about making a planned gift, the Virginia Fair Legacy Society or the Day Home Endowment, please contact Development Director, Ken McKinney, at 415-565-0504, Ext. 201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From the desk of Donna Cahill


To Our Families and Alumni,

I am so pleased to see a true sense of community amongst our families. From dedicating time to volunteer projects and attending Parent Advisory Committee meetings, to making cash donations and enrolling in employer Matching Gift programs, our families are building upon the philanthropic traditions established by the Sisters of the Holy Family.

This is a vital part of our success, and because public funding is limited, we rely heavily on the generosity of foundations, donors, and volunteers to help keep the Day Home running. Yet, beyond these charitable contributions, we’ve had a new surge of support from YOU, the families of the Day Home. We could not advocate for a better future for our children without the time, talent or treasure you have afforded us. We look forward to seeing how our community of families contribute what they can to our common success, whether it is time, skills or monetary contributions.

With love and gratitude always,

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