Our Story

Kate's House Foundation®

Frank had an extensive career in international marketing. Sherri worked in startup biotech companies as a scientist and patent counsel. Their daily walks to work in downtown Seattle revealed a stark contrast between the high-tech building boom with crowds of people hustling to work and the people who did not have housing.

Both believed in a life of service and spent their free time providing support to the needy. Frank had a feeding program for the needy and Sherri spent time in Africa working with orphans. They often thought of the contrast from those who have enough and those who struggle.

Someone they cared about needed the support of recovery homes. They quickly learned that it was the wild, wild west when it came to nonaccredited and self-managed homes. Quality and fiduciary responsibility were hit and miss. Mostly a miss. Together, they said “we can do better”. We can create a compassionate home for people with the greatest needs and help restart lives. Frank and Sherri gambled their retirement funds to purchase homes with the belief that people needed compassionate care and medication if it was prescribed.

They believe that private sector can purchase real estate to house our veterans, men and women in recovery from substance use disorder, the justice-involved, foster adults aging out of care, people on social security and people who desired to live in the community. By placing people in a family like environment, they built a family in their house. The private sector has the real estate investment, the guarantee of funding and a financial return to grow the business. They are “socialpreneurs”. People who invest to make a difference in their community.

This knowledge allowed Frank and Sherri to buy great homes in safe neighborhoods to create a real estate investment opportunity and house others. That is social impact investing that changes communities.

Many of these people were eligible to pay their bed fees by State and Federal funding. By placing people in great neighborhoods, the Candelario’s created a paradigm shift on how to change the trajectory of an individual life story.  Housing heals families.

Who We House

Kate’s Houses comprise 7 single-family homes in Seattle, housing 50 men and women. They have trained 1000s of people to duplicate the Kate’s House Model of Level II Medically Assisted Treatment homes in great neighborhoods. We have separate homes for men and women. Our clients include the Veteran’s Administration, Department of Corrections, King County Drug Court, and LEAD. Our clients have housing insecurity related to previous background, justice issues  substance use or prior addiction. All our clients are currently working or in diversion programs with the organizations that we work with.

Kate's House
Kate's House

Our Vision

Our vision is to build the best recovery houses—one with mutual support, zen, compassion, and kindness. We have the obligation of teaching people to be self-sufficient and have confidence. Through this, we recognized that addiction is a treatable disease.

Our founders realized that they could replicate their model and help others own real estate to serve others. Shared Housing Solutions, LLC and Kate’s House Foundation were born to help other investors own real estate in a shared housing model.

A Launchpad To Create My
Real Life...

Testimony from a resident

This doesn’t surprise me one bit! Seeing y’all up there, representing real change for those that need it the most.

I am personally a testament to the work /ethics /compassion/ morals that these 2 phenomenal humans put into each and every human that steps through any of the multiple front doors they offer!

They have gone so far, as to create specialized home environments for everyone’s different needs (and let’s be honest, we’re a needy bunch).

They don’t believe one size fits all, and they have ensured that they have all staff in place to recognize needs immediately and then take action! Too many “transitional housing” programs do not even assist in transitioning to the next step, which is independence.

I personally lived in the same Kate’s house, in the same bedroom for 18 months. It was the most normalizing, stabilizing and humanizing loving situation I could have ever imagined. Due to the foundation they created for me, as a felon who spent 4.5 yrs incarcerated, a launch pad to create my real life. I have started my own LLC, renting a legitimate place, have my license back and most important am a mother and a regular member of society that now votes!

A Letter From a Parent...

Hi Sherri,
In early September we dropped our daughter, Ann (24 years old) off at Kate’s Place.  After arriving, the house manager took Ann to the local shopping area to drop off resumes.  Ann was so excited and we were so hopeful.  Then, sadly the next day, Ann drank.  You and your staff were so gracious to both Ann and to Paul and me.
I received your beautiful card about a week later and just cried.  Through this whole painful and sad journey, it’s rare someone ever takes a moment to recognize my husband and I.  It’s all about Ann.  I have carried that card around with me every day.
I am in awe of the work you and Frank do.  Paul (my husband) and I want to continue to support Kate’s House Foundation.  We just made a $500 donation through your website.  Is your program a non-profit?  Totally fine if is not.  I have matching funds through work for non-profits. 
Every week I’ve wanted to write this note and make a donation.  When I look back on 2022 you, Frank, and your organization are at the top of my list of people who care and make a difference.  You personally made a difference in my life.  I felt so loved by your card.  This journey with my child is heartbreaking, scary, and lonely.
Ann’s journey still has its ups and downs.  She is living at home as we continue to try various treatments.
A heartfelt thank you,
Cathy and Paul,
(Mom to Ann)

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Meet The Founders

Build a Real Estate Portfolio, End Housing Insecurity with Shared Housing, Gain Financial Freedom and Change the World

Frank and Sherri Candelario, Ph.D. had a dream of ending housing insecurity for the vulnerable. They realized that the private sector can buy real estate and have the house payments made by state and federal dollars.

By placing men and women in great neighborhoods, they created a paradigm shift on how to change the trajectory of an individual’s life story.

Sherri Candelario, Ph.D. received her degree from University of Washington Medical School and authored several pioneering research papers on opioids and blockers. She is the founding patent counsel for numerous biotech companies that have gone public or mergers.
Frank Candelario had a long career in international marketing and branding. He is a real estate broker and investor. Together they use housing to change lives

In 2015, the Candelarios saw the need to set a national standard for sober homes. They saw first-hand how a lack of standards and substandard housing providers harmed people in recovery. Unregulated sober homes have been around for 50 years. They said “we can do better”.

Frank and Sherri own several million dollars of single-family homes in Seattle where they have housed more than 500 people over the past six years as founders of Kate’s House Foundation. 

Our clients are veterans, people in recovery, justice involved, foster kids and under served men and women. All have one thing in common: a desire to live in a great home in a safe neighborhood.

To make real change, that starts in the legislature. They helped form the Washington State affiliate (WAQRR) in 2017. WAQRR subscribes to national standards for sober homes created in 2011 by the national accreditation agency (NARR).

Sherri sits on the advisory board to the legislature as subject matter expert on recovery homes. In this role, she co-chairs a committee to propose recovery services for people.  

Their homes were the first Medically Assisted Treatment homes in Washington state.

They have spoken and trained people all over the country to copy their model of superior shared housing that is funded by government contracts.

They have trained 1000s of people in the US on their real estate model and are making social change, one house at a time.

They have trained 1000's of people in the US on their real estate model and are making societal change, one house at a time.

Kevin Harrington ("Shark Discoveries") Partnered with Frank and Sherri to Promote the Kate's House Foundation Model of Recovery Housing

Shared Housing Solutions, LLC, the funding mechanism for new homes for Kate’s House Foundation is pleased to announce that Shark Discoveries and Kevin Harrington (“Shark Discoveries”) have partnered with Kate’s House Foundation to be featured on cable TV networks, including print and digital promotions. Kevin Harrington is a globally respected entrepreneur, investor, and was an original Shark on the hit ABC’s series, Shark Tank.

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