Welcome to JW House

We welcome families and individuals from area hospitals into our family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight.

"A Home Away From Home"

for families and caregivers with loved ones in Silicon Valley hospitals

Day Use


A quick shower, a cup of coffee, or a spot to make some calls. Our house is open to families who need to take a step back and practice self-care.

Dinner is Served


Sometimes the best reminder of home is a hot meal with good people. The JW House community provides home-cooked meals to our guests Monday-Friday at 6 p.m.

Overnight Lodging

JW House at dusk

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.

Guest Stories & Testimonials

Meet Kennedy Miller-Robinson

Meet Kennedy Miller-Robinson On the outside, Kennedy is a typical 12-year-old girl. She loves being silly with her sister Azley, trying new recipes with her mom, making bracelets for her…

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Meet Jon and Michele

Jon and Michele’s Story Meet Jon and Michele WRITTEN BY MICHELE LEW Open heart surgery. Three words together that probably raise most families’ anxiety. Our family was no exception.  …

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Meet The Johnsons

Meet the Johnsons Steve Johnson is a dedicated husband and father of six children. He and his wife, Sharell, have been together for 25 years. Originally from Oakland, Steve and…

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Good People Doing Great Work

Our volunteers help deliver foundational services to guest families while offering a compassionate helping hand to all who step through our doors. It's people like you who keep JW House thriving.  

Discover how you can join this amazing community. Sign up to volunteer at JW House today!

JW House by the Numbers

Nights of Lodging
day-use visits
volunteer hours
Meals Served

Our Story

JW House's foundation lies in the vision of Jan-Willem (JW) Knapen, a resilient teenager battling cancer, who dreamt of supporting families facing similar challenges. Despite his own health struggles, JW's infectious smile and generous spirit inspired a global movement, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to create the house you see today.

Thank You to Our Partners and Sponsors!