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Peninsula Family Service

Human Services

Peninsula Family Service

Provides a variety of services to individuals and families including counseling and child care.


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. To achieve our goal of securing the right to opportunity for every child in our community, we concentrate our Early Learning efforts on the neighborhoods and populations that need it most. Our nine child development centers are located between Menlo Park and Daly City, with two centers dedicated to children living in transitional or emergency housing, and one for teen parents and their children. Our Financial Empowerment programs begin by laying a groundwork of financial education. Every year, we offer over 70 financial workshops to participants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. With a strong foundation in place, we layer on credit and asset building opportunities through affordable car loans, no-interest peer lending, and pre-paid debit cards. Each of our Older Adult programs provide participants the tools they need to thrive. At our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, we offer fitness classes, nutritious meals, and a club for every interest. Our Senior Peer Counseling Program connects older adults with a volunteer counselor who makes weekly home-visits and we partner with local hospitals to coach older adults returning home after a hospitalization. Older adults also receive help with job searches as part of the Second Careers Program.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 1 block, CALTRAIN stops within 6 blocks.
24 Second Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 37.5640304 -122.3258536 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair



Vary according to income for counseling and visitation program. Fees for child care vary according to service and income. Insurance accepted where applicable. No fees for most senior services. Cash, checks, credit cards, Medi-Cal and private insurance accepted.


Children, low- and moderate-income persons, seniors, families, individuals, divorcing or separating parents, Spanish-speaking families


None for counseling. Child care age 3 months-4 years. For some child care, parents must meet State Department of Education requirements. Referral from Children and Family Services or Family Court for some services. Requirements vary for senior programs

How to Apply:

Apply by phone. Referral from Child and Family Services or Family Court required for application for some services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Seniors: no wait. Counseling and visitation: varies according to program and time of year. Child care: varies according to priority, location and age.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
DriveForward Vehicle Loan Program

Regular Service Hours

Monday - Thursday: -
Friday: -

Service Description:

DriveForward provides affordable loans to help participants purchase reliable used vehicles and begin the process of repairing their credit. Life is infinitely more challenging when you must rely solely on public transportation; commutes become longer, errands more difficult, and arriving on time to work or school nearly impossible. Many of the people we help are unable to cover expensive repairs on aging vehicles, cannot afford the high costs of buying a new car, or do not qualify for affordable loans through mainstream lenders. Through DriveForward, participants gain access to a affordable loan with the power to strengthen their personal and financial stability, as well as their credit scores through on-time monthly payments.


Only the interest rate on the loan.


Individuals who live or work in either San Mateo County of Santa Clara County


Valid California Driver's License Household income below 80% of the County median, based on family size - for example, household income must be less than $83,00 per year for a family of three.

How to Apply:

Call us at 650-403-4300 x4105 to sign-up for a financial workshop. Applications are provided at the workshop.

Service Wait Estimate:


Required Documents:

  • Bank statements (last 3 months)
  • Government-issued picture identification

Payment Methods Accepted:

  • Cash
  • Check

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County