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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Our Holiday Giving Campaign is Live!

Visit campaign site to read Skyler's story and help us provide a home away from home to families forced to be away from their real homes during the holidays.

Guest Stories

The Eckman Family

The Eckman Family Adele was just shy of turning two years old when she caught a respiratory virus, RSV, that hospitalized her with life-threatening seizures. Her parents, Lani and Eric, were no strangers to the hospital, as Adele was born in 2009 with a neuromuscular condition that required regular medical attention. For over a week,…

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The Wetschler Family

The Wetschler Family “ You can speak with other House guests that are going through similar situations and understand what you are feeling. Stan and Jayne Wetschler were at their new home in North Carolina on November 15th, 2017, when they received a call no parent wants to receive.  Their son Matthew had been in…

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The Kramer Family

The Kramer Family The Kramer family made the trek to Watsonville from Manteca for a summer family vacation. All seemed well, with everyone enjoying themselves away from the business and rapidity of life. However, one day, Abby went to her mother, Michelle, to tell her that she was having trouble breathing. At first, Michelle assumed…

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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 2018 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.

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