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Renewing The Gift

The Plan to renew the oldest guest rooms at St. Francis Retreat.


When the retreat property was purchased in 1947 the first concerted fundraising effort was for the creation of a wing of guest rooms. That wing is now called St. Francis Court.


Those initial rooms were built in 1951, 57 years ago by a volunteer contractor and volunteer workers from St. Timothy’s Parish in San Mateo. It was a significant gift to the retreat house and men’s retreat movement at that time.


Those rooms are showing their age and need more than a simple facelift.

As an individual, consider sponsoring the cost of one room in memory of someone dear to you. As an organization, consider sponsoring a room in honor of the organization or events you have held here.

Here is the Plan:

  • Expand the 5’x5′ bathroom to  5’x8′ with larger shower, a sink with vanity and low flow toilet

  • Replace the windows and doors

  • Upgrade to grounded electrical service

  • Replace the ancient electric-coil heaters with economical baseboard heating units

  • Update the desk and lighting

  • Add a ceiling fan for those warm nights

  • Install new carpet and window treatments

  • Replace the beds, pillows and bedding

How Can I Help?

As an individual, consider sponsoring the cost of one room in memory of someone dear to you.

As an organization, consider sponsoring a room in honor of the organization or events you have held here.


The cost for remodeling one regular room is: $33,000


Or consider sponsoring part of a room:

Bathroom remodel – $23,000

Door, electrical – $4,000

Room Furnishings – $3,000

New Windows – $2,000

Carpet – $1,000

Those choosing to sponsor a room will have a plaque posted on the door

honoring the donor and the donor’s intention.

Donations can also be made through a secure online service (eTapestry), please click the button, to make your donation.


For large donations or room sponsorships, please contact us at 831-623-4234 or email us at info@stfrancisretreat.com.