New residence for 48 families in need

On Thursday, December 6th St. Francis Center will officially open its new residential center, La Casa de Sobrato. The St. Francis Center currently owns 135 units in North Fair Oaks and Downtown Redwood City. La Casa de Sobrato, built with $22 million in support from the Sobrato Family Foundation and other local philanthropists and foundations, will provide 240 residents with newly renovated apartments and access to services offered by the St. Francis Center.

WHAT: La Casa de Sobrato Ribbon Cutting

WHEN: Thursday, December 6 from 11:45am – 12:30pm

WHERE: La Casa de Sobrato
180 Buckingham Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Prayer and Blessing

  • Ribbon Cutting

  • Remarks from John and Sue Sobrato

  • Lunch and Optional Tours of La Casa de Sobrato and other St. Francis Center Facilities

There is not a nonprofit, no matter their service focus, in the Bay Area who would not rate the rising rents, lack of housing, and lack of availability as the number one challenge on the Peninsula. John and Sue Sobrato, two of our amazing donors, have really stepped forward to help with the purchase of an apartment building directly across the street from the St. Francis Center. With their gift we are now able to safe-guard approximately 240 people with a clean, dignified, and affordable place to raise their family. We are so happy to honor all of the donors who made this building purchase a reality, but in particular want to honor Sue and John Sobrato’s compassionate hearts and generosity by naming this treasure for the community, ‘La Casa de Sobrato.
(Sister Christina Heltsley, Executive Director of the St. Francis Center)

In addition to the contributions of the Sobrato family, this important new community asset was built with lead support from Bob and Connie Lurie, Christine Rammler, and Susan Orr and the Packard Foundation, among many others.

Tours of Casa de Sobrato and the other St. Francis Center facilities will be available after the ribbon cutting ceremony.