Kiwanis Family House

Grand Opening

Vern & Leona Bright

KFH Founders Vern and Leona Bright

Leona Bright, wife of Southeast Sacramento Kiwanis club member Vern Bright, heard about the need for temporary housing, and asked her husband, “Why doesn’t Kiwanis do something about this?” The idea was born and a group of Kiwanis Club members found a site, donated by the UC Davis Medical Center. They purchased five surplus construction […]

Letter from our Director

To Our Valued Friends, What will you do with your stimulus check?  Would you like to use it to support families in need? You have an opportunity to make a significant impact!   As with many organizations, the last year has hit the Kiwanis Family House hard financially.  Yet, the need remains stronger than ever. Every […]

KFH Hires New Executive Director

Sacramento, California – The Kiwanis Family House (KFH) is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The KFH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing temporary housing to families who have loved ones who are being treated at the UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children.  We seek an enthusiastic and accomplished leader dedicated to […]

Kiwanis Family House Annual Report – June 30, 2020

We are pleased to release the Kiwanis Family House Annual Report for 2019-2020. With this report, we are excited to unveil the new Kiwanis Family House logo and branding package. In the coming months, we will convert all of our print materials, web,and social media presence to this new branding. In this report, you will find […]

Kiwanis Family House Does Not Tolerate Racism

Kiwanis Family House (KFH) does not tolerate racism.  Inspired by core values that have enriched our service mission and vision for 36 years, we strive to foster awareness, generosity, respect, and a sense of community.  Today, KFH adds its ears, voice, and heart to the emerging and historic opportunity to champion tolerance, respect, and equal […]


You can see the UC Davis Medical Center from Kiwanis Family House, including the heliport atop its tower.  Whenever I see a red medical transport helicopter approach the hospital and set down gently, I wonder whether KFH will soon be home-away-from-home for family members of their loved one aboard the emergency craft.  We have welcomed […]

Caring About the Unserved

We are immersed daily in numbers – of cases, of hospitalizations, of tests.  Kiwanis Family House counts guest families, guest nights, rooms occupied.  To be sure, these are important measures of real human needs and of critical services provided.  Today, however, I draw attention to the number who are unserved.  They are families who would […]

40th Anniversary Celebration!

Elks Tower
Kyle Draper

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