I got involved with Family House a year ago but it feels like it's been over 5. I've met some of the bravest and kindest families while volunteering here.
As a member of the SF chapter of the Rising Tide Society, I was doing some research to find a nonprofit that our community could donate to. When I reached out to Family House, they told us that they just moved into a beautiful new building with a full staff so they didn't need help with cooking or cleaning. They did say that a lot of the families that are staying there won't be able to go home for the holidays and could use some cheering up.
We decided to make bags filled with fun Thanksgiving foods that they could make with ease along with some paper and crayons for kids to draw with. We made paper turkeys to put on the front of these bags to spice them up a bit. It was so much fun making these bags and being at Family House that the next day I reached out again and asked how I could get involved on a more regular basis.
I love this time of year when people come together and do a lot more acts of kindness, but we don't have to wait for November to hit before we start thinking of how we can give back (just like you don't have to wait for New Years to make changes). This was the first event I photographed for Family House and I was hooked. I have shared a few portrait sessions that I have done with kids and their families who are staying here. To look back on my first event and see kids who I photographed a few months or even a year later is so amazing. I love Family House so much, and I hope everyone can find a way to give back that fills their hearts like I have by working with nonprofits. I'm so looking forward to photographing this event again in a few days (although it may take another year for me to blog those oops)!
If you missed some of my previous portraits at Family House, you can check out Tessa's story, Ava's story or the in memoriam post I wrote about my time with Nicolas.