Established in 1971 at Gough and McAllister Streets, Raphael House was the first shelter for homeless families in the city. It has been located on Sutter Street since 1977. It is a nonprofit organization and accepts no government funding, relying on San Francisco Bay Area philanthropy. Not all offers of support, however, are accepted.
From 1978 through 1999, Raphael House also operated Brother Juniper's Restaurant, an on-site breakfast café named for Saint Juniper. Although it brought Raphael House a small net profit for twenty years, the expense of renovating its kitchens and the need for additional space for the children's afterschool tutorial center combined to impel its closure.
- Patricia Chaffee. "The Angel of Raphael House: Providing refuge for homeless families". Sojourners Magazine, Winter issue, December 1994-January 1995. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08.
- Debra Saunders (November 22, 1995). "A Shelter, A Sanctuary, A Start". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Raphael House website. Archived May 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Betsey Culp (28 August 1998). "A Roof of One's Own". The WELL. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28.
Raphael House exists entirely on contributions, along with the earnings of its thrift shop and [until 1999] Brother Juniper's restaurant. ... [T]he roof garden [is] a playground. The wooden deck is long enough for a six year old to get a good run across the middle, and at the sides large pots of plants wind in and out among playhouses and low climbing structures.
- Pat Murphy (November 4, 2007). "Raphael House celebration luncheon to thank all who helped transform oasis of family mending". San Francisco Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21.
- Carolyne Zinko (July 13, 2003). "Veterans of philanthropy pass the torch to youngsters with deep pockets". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Jessica Aguirre (25 December 2006). "Families Given Free, Furnished Homes: A Miracle On Geary Street". KGO-TV. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02.
- Joe Garofoli (November 22, 2003). "Topless joint can't give money away". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2004-12-16.
- "Raphael House History: Brother Juniper's, 1978–1999". Archived from the original on 2013-07-27.