BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — John Fitzgerald Kennedy
A celebration luncheon to thank all who helped transform Raphael House into a San Francisco oasis of family mending will be held Wednesday, with a nod from residents saying thanks for staying near.
Raphael House is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families achieve stable housing and financial independence, while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.
Established in 1971 as the first shelter in San Francisco for homeless families, today Raphael House has a dedicated staff and Board of Directors from the local community, along with a small core of live-in staff who are Orthodox Christian.
The 17-room, 50-bed facility which has been home to more than 10,000 children and their parents, unveiled an $80,000 refurbishing shepherded by Sophie Azouaou who donated interior design services and organized funding.
Raphael House does not seek or accept federal, state, or municipal funding. Raphael House relies solely on private sources to meet its annual budget. Support is received from individuals, businesses and corporations, foundations, church groups, and civic organizations that are committed to promoting stability for at-risk families.
Azouaou serves as special projects director for Benefit Magazine, produces a column the Hills News Papers, the East Bay Daily News, Gull’s Call of Alameda, and was named Sentinel Fashion and Interior Design Critic earlier this year.
A Mayoral Proclamation of Honor issued by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be presented to Azouaou at the noon luncheon November 7.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last month teamed with Sophie Azouaou and Raphael House Executive Director Father David Lowell in ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Photo by Noble Vision
Luncheon guests will be provided a tour of facilities.
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.
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