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,

Those who work or volunteer at JW House are full of boundless love, and for nearly twelve years, we have done whatever is humanly possible to comfort families during their most challenging hours. As we are learning how to best respond to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we didn't want to prioritize the health of our families, at the risk of our volunteers and staff.

The Board of Directors of JW House has made the difficult decision to redirect all families in need of our services to our local hotel partners. We are still in close contact with medical providers and social workers to ensure that every family is taken care of to the best of our ability.

We are grateful for the outpouring of concern we've received in response to the pandemic. Due to the necessary safety precautions, we have suspended all volunteer activities and our staff is working very hard to ensure that every family is taken care of.

Please consider donating to JW House to allow us to continue housing and supporting families during this uncertain time. With your support, we are proud to continue to keep families together, and to give love and support to families whose loved ones are receiving essential medical care.


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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