Raphael House (RH) in San Francisco was founded in 1971 by the Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) as a shelter for temporarily homeless women and mothers with children. The shelter was staffed by members of HOOM.
The shelter incorporated separately as a non-profit in 1991, and Fr. David Lowell became the Executive Director.
In 2000, the RH corporation purchased its property from the HOOM corporation for $2 million, with the Order holding the mortgage.
Also in 2000, Fr. David and other staff/volunteers left Vasiloupolis and joined the Orthodox Church in America(OCA), Diocese of the West (DOW).
RH is now listed as a ministry of both the OCA and the DOW. The hierarch of the DOW, Bishop Benjamin Peterson, resided at the shelter for a time as part of the live-in staff.