Tim Gaskin: owner of the San Francisco Benefit Magazine, Jessica Aguirre, anchor for abc7, John ( homeless) and his son, Sophie Azouaou far left.
A homeless father and small son awoke this morning to the warmth of their own studio apartment, secured through private philanthropy brainstormed barely two weeks ago.
Their annual lease is one dollar.
A haute couture designer decorated the studio with speed of a godsend which made her whole.
"I didn't sleep that night," reflected Sophie Azouaou, proprietor of Sophisticate Interiors, Friday night after John and namesake son moved in.
Sophie Azouaou caters to an upscale clientele which finds money no object, who donated to the project instantly when asked by Azouaou.
December 20, 2006 >>
Raphael House was recently given two studio
units from CitiApartments. They are renting these apartments to Raphael
House for $1 per year and we in turn are subletting them to two wonderful
Both families moved into these units last weekend and they are doing
Sophie Azouaou, owner of SophiSticate Interiors, is a wonderful
interior designer who lovingly furnished both rooms! She “adopted” Raphael
House and took care of every detail in transforming the units into
HOMES. She and her staff gave both rooms complete makeovers in less
than two weeks! In addition to supplying all of the furniture and
fixtures, she also stocked each room with toiletries, food, clothing,
and Christmas presents.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing support
and generosity of our supporters at Benefit Magazine), CitiApartments and SophiSticate Interiors. They have all been our Christmas
With many thanks,
Terri DiMartini, MSW and MS
Director of Children & Family Services
I read the article in the SF Sentinel about the homeless father and son and how you changed their lives. Thank you. Through your kindness and your actions you’ve made the world a better place and you have given John and little Johnny hope for tomorrow and a reason to dream. How lovely. Happy Holidays.
A. Liebster, Corte Madera CA.
Thank you and the others who so generously donate to such good causes to help families. I too will make a small monetary donation in memory of what would have been my future daughter-in-law.
My daughter is interested in interior designing and is studying at SF State. She would be blessed if she has a quarter of your success. You have done some very beautiful work from what I can see.
Good luck and continued success in the new year,
M. Catchatoorian, San Francisco, CA