Our Story


Jennifer Nelson, Jacob's sister, is involved in a severe car accident. The Nelson family stays at a Ronald McDonald House and is inspired by the amazing generosity of the organization. 

October 11, 1982

Jacob Andrew Nelson was born.


In May 2002, Jacob spoke to 200 young people and told them that there will be fences that we all will run into in this life; however, if we don’t give up we can have the ability to get through any trial or tragedy that we will face.

October 22, 2006

Jacob Nelson passed to heaven on October 22, 2006 as a result of a traffic accident. In the 24 years that Jacob was here on earth, his love for people and his family defined who he was as a person.

October 29, 2006

Seven days following this traffic accident, Shawn Nelson, Jacob’s father and Temecula’s City Manager, was scheduled to speak at a fund raising event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda. Although he was reluctant to attend to this pre-scheduled event, he felt God leading him to go. He went and shared with 1,500 people the wonderful story of his daughter, Jennifer, who had been in a nearly fatal traffic accident 10 years earlier, and how his family was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda, which meant so much to the Nelson family.


Shawn then spoke of the tragedy that had just occurred to their only son Jacob seven days earlier. The entire crowd in unison moaned. After going through both situations, first with Jennifer, where they had a Ronald McDonald House, and then with Jacob, where there was no such facility, Shawn finished by stating we need to build a Ronald McDonald House in Temecula!

Three weeks later, a group of developers and a non-profit foundation began to work to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Temecula as a result of his speech. They soon learned, however, that a Ronald McDonald House could not be built in Temecula because the new hospital would not be a children’s hospital.

December 2006

Days later, in December 2006, plans were revised to build a house that would meet the needs of all age groups and serve the needs of the new hospitals, as well as the two existing hospitals in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley region. It was then proposed to him that the new house be named Jacob’s House, after his beloved son who had such a positive influence on so many young people in our valley.

While it may never be understood why Jacob ran into his final fence at such a young age, Jacob’s message of hope and comfort will reach out to so many families for years to come as they are cared for in Jacob’s House.

December 27, 2012

Jacob’s House became the proud owner of a 3,800 square foot residential home on 2.3 acres of land located in the Santiago Estates, only 0.6 miles from our new Temecula Valley Hospital. With the opening of the Temecula Valley Hospital on the horizon, Jacob’s House acquired an estate home to start helping families in crisis as soon as the Temecula Valley Hospital opened.  While Jacob’s House is ultimately planning to build a permanent 20 bedroom facility, this beautiful home is the first step in helping many families in the Temecula Valley for many years to come.  This is  likely the first hospitality house to open in parallel with an entirely new hospital, in the entire nation.

June 15, 2013

On Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Jacob’s House  held a community wide Open House. Approximately 300+ community members attended this event. The event netted over $60,000, and helped furnish Jacob’s House.

Temecula Valley Hospital opens.  Jacob’s House opens and is ready for families. Renovations allow Jacob’s House to provide up to four families with a tranquil place to stay in their moments of crisis.

October 14, 2012
December 20, 2013

Just under a year after the house was purchased, and a few weeks after the hospital started operations, Jacob’s House takes in its first family.

Our Team


Our Board of Directors are experts in their respective backgrounds. Just as importantly, they all possess a passion to serve their communities.


Together, they provide Jacob’s House with direction and leadership to help ensure we meet our goal of being a shelter in time of storm for families in need.



Shawn & Stephanie Nelson

In 2006, our lives would again be devastated when our son, Jacob, was in a tragic automobile accident. We again stormed out of the house. However, this time we had no choice but to remove the life support from his 24 year old body. In an attempt to make something positive out of something so devastating, community leaders developed a concept of bringing a hospitality house, similar to a Ronald McDonald House, to the Temecula/Murrieta Valley. It was decided to build a hospitality house that would meet the needs of all ages. To our surprise, we were told the organizers unanimously agreed to name the new hospitality house – Jacob’s House!

We know there will be more families that will get that dreaded call and we want to be able to reach out to them during their most challenging times. We believe the world is changed one life at a time and even though we know we can’t change the destiny, we believe we can positively impact the journey.


Medical Director

Dr. Larry Boggeln

Laurence Boggeln, MD is a native San Diegan, who attended University of San Diego High School (Now Cathedral Catholic), Loyola Marymount University, and St. Louis University Medical School.  He completed his internship and residency in Family Practice at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.  He then served 4 additional active duty and 23 reserve years in the Navy, mostly with the Marines, including a tour with the First Marine Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  He was in private practice in Temecula from 1987 to 2016 as a family physician.  He now focuses on his subspecialty in hospice and palliative medicine.  He was chairman of the Board of Governors of Temecula Valley Hospital from its opening in October 2013 to Dec 31, 2015, and was Chief of the Medical Staff  2016-2017. He is involved in numerous community activities besides Jacob’s House, including Boy Scouts, St. Martha Catholic Community, youth sports, and mentoring for aspiring nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians.  Father of nine, and grandfather of eleven, he enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, studying his faith, and family time as much as possible.


Board Member

Jaclyn Granillo

As the proud sister of Jacob Andrew Nelson, I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to honor my brother, and those lives that have gone too early, through Jacob’s House, which will support those families who will be faced with the trials of having a loved one in critical care in our local hospital. When it comes to having a purpose motivate your life to be the best you can be to accomplish and achieve a goal to help others, I can’t imagine a stronger purpose in my life than Jacob’s House. As an active board member, I commit to making every decision and every vote for the sole purpose to ensure the best for Jacob’s House and the best intention for future families who will reside in Jacob’s House as their home away from home. I truly feel honored to be apart of Jacob’s House with selfless leaders and dedicated volunteers who take time away from their busy lives to commit a true desire and endless effort to impact the lives of others. May God always bless Jacob’s House!



Richard Valdez

I am a consulting civil engineer and have been involved in many aspects of the growth in this valley for the last 25 years. I first became aware of Jacob’s House in early 2009, and recognizing the selfless and benevolent needs it would meet, began volunteering for various assignments and tasks. It has been especially rewarding to witness how families are already being helped in such meaningful ways, while in the midst of their tremendous difficulties. I am therefore honored to accept the opportunity to be a member of the Board of Directors and help fulfill and contribute to the vision and growth of Jacob’s House.


Board Member

First off, I am so blessed to have this opportunity to serve on the Jacob’s House board that has proved to be such an amazing organization that impacts the lives of so many. I have now been in the financial industry for 5 years, all of which spent with Wells Fargo. I have the opportunity to lead a local Temecula branch along with a strategy in our area that is responsible for coordinating volunteer events & providing financial literacy to our local Schools, Non-Profits & Business communities. What drives me every single day is a passion to Help people and be of support while others are in a time of need.


Board Member

Gina Lowery

Gina Lowery MSN, RNC-OB is the Nursing Director of Women’s Services at Southwest Healthcare in Murrieta, California. She has been a registered nurse (RN) for the past 26 years spending time as both a Labor and Delivery RN and ICU RN. In 2010, she graduated with honors receiving her master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of Southern Indiana. This past year she was the first Director recipient of the Mission, Vision, Values, Person (MVVP) award, presented by her peers, for her dedication to her role as a hospital leader. Gina is also an active member of the Temecula Valley National Charity League (NCL), spending time volunteering with her daughter for different philanthropies throughout our local community. Gina has served as the NCL liaison for Jacob’s House; scheduling and coordinating meal preparations for guests throughout the work week. Recently, she joined the Board of Directors at Jacob’s House with the hope of helping to share the vision of caring for patients’ families during the difficult hospitalization of their loved ones.  In her spare time, Gina enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children and their two dogs.

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Jacob's House

Jacob’s House is a home of refuge where families and loved ones of those in hospitalized traumatic medical need can find hope, comfort, peace and inspiration. We are a community resource dedicated to serve families in crisis. We do this by providing a shelter for the physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Phone: 951-452-2627

Registered Charity: 26-1183832

Location: Temecula, CA

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