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14peni005_diversity-icon-298x300More than six decades ago, Peninsula Family Service—then known as the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County—was created to strengthen and maintain local families. Over the years, our original staff of two has grown to 150 employees who support participants in four Bay Area counties: San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo. Together with the help of our board, advisors, donors, volunteers, and partners, we serve nearly 10,000 individuals who need our help overcoming the barriers standing between themselves and a life of opportunity, financial stability, and wellness.

By supporting our region’s vulnerable and overlooked populations, we strengthen the entire community. We create a strong network of resources for older adults as baby boomers look to age in place. We provide tools that encourage personal and financial stability for the increasing number of families affected by our region’s widening income disparities. We prevent the income-achievement gap in our children through a comprehensive early learning program, and prepare them for enhanced scholastic achievement.


Our Mission

Peninsula Family Service strengthens the community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives.

Our Vision

We envision a community where opportunity, financial stability, and wellness are secured for all.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability


Peninsula Family Service is proud to be recognized as a Gold Level Participant by GuideStar Exchange, an organization dedicated to advancing transparency within the nonprofit sector. Gold level nonprofits—the highest level attainable—demonstrate an outstanding commitment to measurable program results and financial sustainability.