St. Vincent’s School for Boys, a program of Catholic Charities CYO, is a multi-service agency serving children and families in the North Bay Area.  There are three divisions of St. Vincent’s: the residential treatment center for boys in San Rafael; the foster family agency with families in several counties and two group homes in San Francisco serving adolescent girls and boys on probation.

St. Vincent’s School for Boys, the long term residential treatment center, is a 60 bed, Level 12 and Level 14 center for boys between the ages of 7 and 19 from thirty different counties.

St. Vincent’s Foster Family Agency serves 27-30 boys and girls of all ages from twelve counties with homes in five counties. The San Francisco Girls’ and Boys’ Homes are two Level 12 group homes.

The administrative headquarters for these agencies are located at One St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.  Please call 415.507.2000 for more information or click on specific programs for photos, tours, success stories and specific program information.
In 1853, a wealthy Irish landowner who had governed the larger part of Marin County for the Mexican government, Don Timoteo Murphy, deeded 800 acres of beautiful countryside to the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Two years later, two Sisters of Charity, having come from Maryland at the behest of Archbishop Alemany, two lay women, and four orphaned girls journeyed by boat across San Pablo Bay to found the “institute of learning” that Don Timoteo had stipulated in his will. The home for girls did not last very long, but over the next years, the ranks of boys who came for care and shelter grew to 554 by 1884.

Although the old institute of learning is no longer an orphanage, its original character as envisioned by Timoteo Murphy is preserved in the name St. Vincent’s School for Boys. Now a program of Catholic Charities CYO, St. Vincent’s Services, which consists of St. Vincent’s School for Boys, San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Home, and St.Vincent’s Foster Family Agency, is the largest provider of youth residential treatment services in Northern California.