Tiffany Goodwin-van camp, director of development

Tiffany Goodwin-van camp, director of development

Monday afternoon at the Alumni Center, the sound of baby Tino calls from the kitchen as she “tells” mom she is hungry for a treat. Sixmonths ago, Tino came into the world and our lives at Elizabeth House. Over the last month, her hair has started to grow quickly; shewill soon have a lovely head of curls that match her eyes. In the kitchen, her loving mother vigorously mixes a bowl of avocado andpear mash. Tino sits in her bright new highchair while another resident helps to keep her calm. This fellow resident, an expectantmother in her early 20s, is having a baby girl too! While this will be her first child, she gets early practice as we coo to fussy Tino andfondly laugh at how she pouches her upset lips like a baby duck. For a moment the expectant mother discusses possible baby names;  perhaps the middle name “Lovely”, she sweetly shares. There is something deeply edifying about being in the kitchen and sharing thissimple moment in the day. In this house we work together as a family. In this house we love each other’s children. In this house wejoyfully anticipate a new baby’s  name.
I hear the feet and laughter of expectant mothers coming down the stairs. They have been up in the Resource Center taking a class onFinancial Futuring. Later this week, I will see their smiles as they come back and forth from our residential house down the street totake classes on Health and Nutrition, Trauma and Healing, Addiction and Recovery, Bonding with their Children. This week I will hearmy daughter singing to babies on the porch while she volunteer babysits for mothers during their 1-on-1 therapy. In this house we worktogether as a family. In this house we believe in healing. In this house we know that, with proper resources and encouragement, at-riskmoms can create abundant lives.
It is my second month at Elizabeth House. I am excited to share that we will soon invite you to join this house—the Alumni Center—  through our Capital Campaign, “Building Lives. Creating Hope”. With the 2016 purchase of the Alumni Center, we need your help insettling the $1M loan. This house will allow us to expand our impact through new services, increase our reach to the community, andwill give babies like Tino and women like her mother a greater opportunity to start a better life. And because in this house we worktogether as a family, we will invite you to become a part of the Alumni Center’s Founders Circle and have your name written into thestory of how it all began. We look forward to sharing more about this opportunity in the near future and hope to see you at an upcoming Tour with Wine and Cheese Reception (details below).

You're Invited

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 5-7 PM, stop by for a Tour and Wine & Cheese Reception to celebrate our NEW Alumni Center and Capital Campaign! Elizabeth House is so excited about the strides it has made to invest in the lives of at-risk women and children over the years, and we would love to share these accomplishments and some of our future hopes with you.

Please RSVP
(626) 577-4434 or email us at
We look forward to hosting you!

Homeless, pregnant mothers and their children
come to Elizabeth House
to rebuild their lives.

The shelter, prenatal care, therapeutic help and support we provide gives them the tools, and the hope for transformation. 

Our new residence and alumni center

COMPASSION: A vision for caring relationships between children and mothers
CONNECTION: A vision to keep families healthy and intact
CAPABLE: A vision for self-sufficiency and stability
CONVENIENCE: A vision for holistic services under one roof
COMMUNITY: Your gift will ensure this vision becomes a reality

The demand for our unique and holistic services has been far greater than our existing space could accommodate. That is why when presented with the opportunity to purchase a second residence, we knew we needed to act! With a private loan from an individual donor, Elizabeth House was able to purchase a second location in October 2015. This second residence significantly increased the number of shelter rooms as well as provided much needed meeting space for education and therapy classes and other events. 

Our Obstacles
Now that the space has been secured, it is critical to maximize its potential by expanding the offering of classes and programs that are foundational in meeting the needs of our growing client population and alumni; by developing essential sections of the property to create therapeutic and engaging community spaces; and by raising funding to retire this obligation by the end of 2017.

Our Plan
We plan to increase our current mental health services by adding therapeutic, education and other service staff, as well as build out our existing yet underutilized spaces, to provide high quality services to the increasing number of pregnant mothers and children who come to Elizabeth House.*

To fund these plans, Elizabeth House plans to eliminate the loan payment for its newest residence, which provides both shelter and space for services for the mothers and children in its care. The additional cash flow liberated from these loan payments will be allocated towards improvements, built outs and maintenance of the residential property to ensure the location is being fully utilized and is operating at maximum capacity. The additional capital will also be used for program and service expansion efforts, which will increase current current individual and group counseling services by more than 50% and ensure the long-term care to help mothers and children not only get on their feet but stay on their feet.

Our Costs
We estimate the total cost of this project will be $1,200,000.

  • $720,000 for loan repayment
  • $280,000 for program expansion
  • $200,000 for residential property renovations, built outs and maintenance

How You Can Help
We invite you to ensure the success and futures of the mothers and children in Elizabeth House programs. Join us in providing the services, opportunities and hope that are critical for them to have even the possibility of a stable and self-sustaining future. You can make gifts of cash or pledge your gift over as many as two years.

We are pleased to offer naming opportunities for this project. All gifts of $5000 or more will be acknowledged.*

Why Focus on Women who are Pregnant and Homeless? 
Recent estimates indicate that 23% of the homeless population is composed of families with children and that most homeless families are headed by young women. Women who experience homelessness often have increased rates of pregnancy and few life chances. A shortage of affordable housing, an increase in poverty and substantial changes in welfare policies have put many single, female-headed families one financial emergency away from homelessness.

Results that Matter
Over the past 20 years, we have see the following results for the women who lived in our shelters and participated in out programs:

  • 71% reduction in domestic violence
  • 76% reduction in drug abuse
  • 100% increase in enrollment in food assistance programs for mothers and their children
  • 350% increase in mothers who have enrolled in medical insurance programs, providing critical access to healthcare for them and their families

The most compelling evidence of the impact of Elizabeth House's work is this: of the over 300 women served by Elizabeth House, less than 4% ever experience homelessness again.

Thank you for considering how you can personally, or through your organization, contribute to our Capital Campaign: Building Lives, Creating Hope. Without your help, the vital work of Elizabeth House could never be realized or sustained.

*Please contact Founder and Executive Director, Debbie Unruh or Director of Development, Tiffany Goodwin-Van Camp at (626) 577-4434. You may also send an email to or to discuss the vision, plan and impact of Elizabeth House in more detail.