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 a ‘home away from home’ for anyone with a loved one in Bay Area hospitals.

Learn more »

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 Mondays Through Fridays at 6 p.m..

Learn more »

Overnight Lodging


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.

Learn more »

Guest Stories

Vernell’s Story

Vernell’s Story On February 2, 2022, Vernell was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her world was turned upside down. Her doctors recommended major surgery, and as difficult as it was, she made it through and slowly recovered. But soon, she found out that, unfortunately, there was more of the tumor to be removed with a…

Read More

The Ramos Family

The Ramos Family   Vivian Ramos was a happy three-year-old girl when, one day in January 2018, she fell at home and started throwing up. Concerned, her parents Alfred and Lauren took her to the hospital, where they learned what no parent wants to hear: Vivian had brain cancer. She was immediately transferred to Kaiser…

Read More

The Villalobos Family

The Villalobos Family   Cynthia was 23 and preparing for her doctoral program in public health when she suffered from a stroke. At the time, doctors projected that her survival rate was just 1%. Cynthia’s sister, Evelyn, and their mom spent all day everyday in the hospital for over a year to be by their…

Read More

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.

Thank You to Our Partners and Sponsors!



The JW House Story

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

Nights of Lodging
day-use visits
volunteer hours
Meals Served

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.