Beach House

Play is a crucial component of a healthy childhood. At the Beach House, Home Away hosts small group visits of children ages 5 – 17 from shelters in San Francisco and Marin for an afternoon at a cozy cottage above the sea.  On these visits children encounter nature (often for the first time) and have a chance to just be kids.


 A trip to the Beach House may include indoor and outdoor activities—a hike in the hills, a picnic on the beach, dress-up, arts and crafts, board games, or simply enjoying the sunset from the porch swing. Every trip ends with a family-style dinner prepared by volunteers and the Beach House staff. 

Volunteer Beach House companions help create a place where childhood memories of joy, beauty, and nature are created and nurtured. Volunteers partner with a staff trip leader to provide overall program support including supervision, meal preparation, and general maintenance of the Beach House. Most importantly, Beach House companions build genuine friendships with the children who attend. Interested in volunteering? Fill out our contact form and we'll be in touch.

The Beach House is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the Marin Headlands.