Let us care for you,
while you care for them

We keep families together by offering a welcoming home close to the hospital, with a caring and compassionate environment that inspires hope.

The Restorative Power of a Few Moments

Day Use


A quick shower, a cup of coffee or a spot to make some calls. Our house is a ‘home away from home’ for anyone with a loved one in Bay Area hospitals.

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Sometimes the best reminder of home is a hot meal with good people. The JW House community provides home cooked meals to our guests every night.

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Being close to ailing loved ones makes a difficult time a bit easier. We provide overnight lodging and meals so caregivers can be there, when it really matters.

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2018 is the 10 Year Anniversary of JW House!

Stay tuned for ways to celebrate with us!

Guest Stories

Sophie's Story

Sophie was in a big hurry to enter the world. On June 3, 2013, after hours of excruciating pain and emotional anguish, our beautiful baby girl was born weighing only two pounds and 12 ounces. As my husband, Alex, and I sat with our tiny, tiny baby, all we could hear were words like “brain bleeds,” “developmental delays,” “heart murmur” and “surgery”. Among these incredibly frightening words, Sophie’s nurses kept saying “JW House.” We didn’t know what JW House was, but we thought it was worth the walk across the parking lot to check it out.

"JW House immediately became our sanctuary, our place away from the loud beeps and bright lights of the hospital"

Sara and Alex, Sophie's Parents

"JW house has completely changed the typical cold, stark hospital experience to one of warmth and comfort."

Amy and Seth, Vivian’s parents

Volunteering at JW House

Good people doing amazing work

Our volunteers help deliver our foundational services to families. It's people like you who keep JW House thriving.  

Discover how you can be part of this amazing community.

A one-hour JW House Welcome Home Tour is a great way to get to know more about our home and services.

A Big Thank You to Our Partners!

The JW House Story

A home away from home for families caring for a loved one.

Statistics from 2017 annual report

JW House began as the idea of Jan-Willem (JW) Knapen, a boy who in the midst of battling cancer, wanted to do something to help other children and families facing similar situations.

Learn more about the history, impact, and leadership of JW House.

nights provided
day-use families
volunteer hours
Dinner Is Served