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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Special message regarding COVID-19


Dear Friends, 

Over the last few months, we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff. JW House closed our doors in March, pausing our Day Use and Dinner is Served Programs, as well as all volunteering. We continued to provide lodging to any family in need through our generous partner hotels.

After extensive planning and enhancing our safety measures at the House, including implementing health checks to all who enter the House, we have slowly begun to reopen our services. We are currently serving registered overnight families at JW House, as well as our partner hotels.

We recently launched our Dinner Pickup program as an alternative to our traditional Dinner is Served program. We are now providing complimentary contact-free pickup meals for families with loved ones in local hospitals, multiple nights per week.

Day Use program remains on hold until further notice. Weekly volunteers have been welcomed back, should they feel comfortable. All staff, volunteers and guests are required to wear face coverings/masks and wash hands frequently while at JW House.

We look forward to resuming additional services and welcoming all volunteers and guests back when it is safe to do so. Thank you for being patient and sticking by our side during this time.

Thank you and please stay healthy!

Richard Ajluni
Executive Director

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.

Thank You to Our Partners and Sponsors!

The JW House Story

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

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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