Changing Lives
58,507 Service hours

were provided by peer counselors in Older Adult Services.

Opening Doors
635 participants

were supported by volunteer counselors in 2023.

Who We Help

We support 4 counties: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito. Our programs reach all ages from birth to 100 + years.
Children & Families
Early Learning curriculum, STEM from the Start, support for ages birth to 12 years, healthy meals, and therapeutic interventions.
Financial Stability
Financial education for teens and adults, accessible auto loans, lending circles, prepaid debit cards, and credit building tools.
Employment for Older Adults
Mature worker skill building, resume development, paid internships, job search coaching, specialized workshops, and networking.
Older Adults Thriving
Resource hotline, transportation, mental health, peer counseling, Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, and technology training.
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Our History

We Opened Our Doors

Peninsula Family Service provides comprehensive services that support individuals and families at various stages of life. Originally a small organization founded in 1950, Peninsula Family Service has grown to recognize the need for innovative, professionally-led, locally-targeted solutions to secure the wellness and stability of our neighbors. The community has rallied behind this mission, providing fundraising support and volunteers to establish and grow expert-led programs.


Ten women led by Auxiliary President Mrs. John Finney formed the first auxiliary in 1961. The auxiliary’s silent auction held in May 1961 was the first of hundreds of benefit events planned by the organization’s supporters throughout the county. 

Neighborhood Child Care

Family Service launched an innovative network of neighborhood family day care homes in Redwood City with funding as a demonstration project by the State Department of Education. Low-income mothers were trained in nursery school techniques and hired by the organization to be caregivers. Their homes were modified to meet licensing requirements. The network cared for children of low-income mothers employed or in work training programs. Children stayed in their own neighborhoods and in environments that reflected their cultural heritage. Fees were calculated on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.

San Bruno and South San Francisco

In 1980 Family Service took on management of the San Bruno Child Development Center, serving 56 children of low- and moderate-income families. Management of the Leo J. Ryan Intergenerational Child Development Center in South San Francisco was added in September 1989. The Ryan Center serves 30 low-income, mostly Hispanic families. 


Latest Reports

Annual Reports
Audited Financials
Tax Returns
IRS 501(c) (3) Letter

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