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Renewing The Gift-Temporarily on hold due to Covid-19

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.