Our Story 


The story of CityHouse began with a few families who were providing temporary shelter for children through a program called Safe Families. This program helps divert children from being placed in the child welfare system while the mothers seek to reestablish themselves so that once again they may care for their own children. Effective care was provided to the children apart from their mothers, while a desire to do more for their mothers was ignited.

Over time, it became clear that if more emphasis could be placed on the family unit rather than just the children, these single mothers in need would have better opportunities to develop healthy lifestyles enabling them to provide sustainable, loving and proper care to their children. We established CityHouse in 2014 to provide long-term, transformational assistance to mothers and their children.

Meet The Team



CityHouse is led by a deeply caring, enthusiastic, and active Board of Directors and Staff, who share their insights and expertise to help advance our mission. Their perspective, influence, and networks are foundational strengths and are crucial to enabling our ability to serve families through our program.

Board of Directors

Charlie Toraño, President

Arturo Silveira, Vice President

Michael McConvery, Treasurer

Stephanie Toraño, Secretary

Casey Cleveland, Board Member Emeritus

Ellen Harman, Member

Maureen Hagen, Member

Luca Contessa, Member

Susan Hutchens, Member


Lisa Wanamaker, Executive Director

Allie Carley, Office & Communications Director

Brittany Stahnke, Lead Family Advocate

Heather Cochran, Family Advocate

Jayme Bouck, Family Advocate

Victoria Harris , Family Advocate

Barbara Martinez, Bookkeeper