OCA Raphael House (San Francisco, California)

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.

In 1988 the Order allied itself with the Holy Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis and began calling itself “Christ the Saviour Brotherhood.” The staff of RH were among those converts.

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.