Kiwanis Family House

The Kiwanis Family House is dedicated to providing temporary housing and support to families of seriously ill or injured children and adults being treated at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals in Sacramento, California.

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Address: 2875 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Human Services 
Sub NTEE: Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) 
Executive Director: Daniel Germain
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-736-0116
The original Kiwanis Family House was opened in June, 1984. The original facility opened with seven bedrooms and one community kitchen. As demand for our services grew, the facility was expanded by an additional six bedrooms in 1989. Kiwanis replaced the original House with a new 32-bedroom facility on the UC Davis Medical Center campus in 2006. In addition to housing families within five minutes of their hospitalized loved ones, the Kiwanis Family House offers emergency food supplies and clothing to needy families. The facility serves as a 'home away from home' for those families who must travel for their critical medical services. For them, the Kiwanis Family House becomes their second home for a few days, weeks, or even months while their loved ones, child or adult, are nursed back to health. The Kiwanis Family House offers inexpensive family accommodations, with individual bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, bathrooms, laundry facilities, outdoor play areas, free internet access, free parking, spiritual counseling, and shuttle bus service to the hospitals.
quiresOur top 5 needs at this time are:
- Operating Revenue - We currently need nearly $40,000 a month in order to provide temporary housing and support services to families in crisis.
- Operating Reserves - We have managed to create a three-month operating reserve at this time. Our goal is to build this to a 6-9 month reserve at minimum.
- Rent Relief - Our concerns stated above are challenged by ongoing demand to provide our services at no-cost or at a reduced rate. In the coming year, we expect to waive nearly $180,000 in rent for low-income guests, which represents approximately 37% of our total annual budget.
- Marketing and Public Relations - We compete for donor support with higher-profile charities in our region and recognize our challenge is to increase awareness if we are to gain additional financial support, particularly from corporate sponsors.
- Facility Improvements - As our building ages and demand for our services increases, we are challenged with finding funds outside of our general operating income for repairs and facility improvements to ensure guest comfort and safety.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Operating Revenue
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Operating Reserves
  3. Funding: Program - Rent Relief for Low Income Families
  4. Other - Please Describe - Marketing and Public Relations
  5. Other - Please Describe - Facility Improvements
Nobody schedules or plans for a serious medical episode. When one happens, our family life takes an immediate detour. For many families, serious illness or injury lands them in Sacramento - far away from home - for the medical expertise their loved one requires. Their stay will last as long as it takes to get through perhaps the most frightening chapter of their lives. Kiwanis Family House serves as a place of respite for them. Shelter, food, laughter and kindness are always available in dark times and our caring staff is available 24/7. I am rewarded every day when guest families convey their appreciation. Celeste said, "I am so grateful for the loving and caring staff here at Kiwanis Family House. Just that it exists is my miracle." Erik told us, "Without a place like this, I probably would have slept in my van with my one-year-old. It would have been an even harder struggle." From Buddy, we heard, "That's just the way the Kiwanis people are - caring and giving. They just can't seem to do it enough." I am so very grateful that Kiwanis Family House is here for all of them.

Dan Germain
Executive Director