Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review
Issues: Children & Youth, Health
Location: 3727 14th Street, NE Washington DC 20017 USA
Results: The new Washington, D.C. Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in December 2010 and serves patients from Children’s National Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and several other area hospitals. The 26-bedrooms House includes common family and support areas, a family kitchen and dining room, a family library and computer room, a family laundry room. Our newest Home-Away-From-Home also offers special isolation suites for our most immune-compromised patients. Ronald McDonald Houses are supported by volunteers and staff, but more importantly, the Houses continue to be a quiet refuge where families in similar circumstances can support and comfort each other. The original Washington Ronald McDonald House opened it’s doors in June of 1980, and was the sixteenth House to open in the six years since the program began. Over thirty years it was a home-away-from-home for more than 14,000 families of critically ill children. Although the nearly one hundred-year-old Spanish colonial had served our purposes well, it no longer met the space or functional needs of our growing number of families. In 2006, a Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds to build the new House located on 14th Street NE.
Geographic areas served: Parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and all of D.C.
Programs: Ronald McDonald Houses: RMHC of Greater Washington DC operates two Houses, one in DC and the other in Northern Virginia. The Houses provide a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children who have traveled to this area to receive treatment at local hospitals.The DC House serves Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and several other area hospitals. The House in Northern Virginia is located on the grounds of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Since opening their doors, the two Houses have together served almost 17,000 families.Ronald McDonald Family Room: Located in Children's National Medical Center, the Family Room is a place of respite where families can go to have a cup of coffee, read, check email, or just rest - away from the often stressful hospital environment but just steps from their child.Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Operated in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital, the care mobile is a medical clinic on wheels providing care to uninsured and under-served children in DC.Outreach Program: RMHC provides grants to other area non-profits with programs that benefit children.In addition, each year RMHC awards scholarships to area high school seniors for their freshman year of college. Funding for our outreach programs is derived solely from donations made annually on World Children's Day. All other funds raised from the community are used for Ronald McDonald House programs and services.
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In my 34th week of pregnancy, my husband and I were told that our daughter may possibly be born with a life threatening birth defect, Esophageal Atresia/TracheoEsophageal Fistula (EA/TEF), that would require immediate surgery to survive. Although we were told there was this chance, we were not prepared for what was to come. We were not prepared for our daughter to remain in the hospital, far from our home, for more than 6 weeks after she was born to recover from surgery. The Ronald McDonald House of Washington D.C. was there for us during this time and we truly don't know what we would have done without them. We were able to get a room in the house within a couple of days of contacting them and were allowed to stay as long as we needed to while our daughter recovered in the hospital. We were given all that we needed to stay there - toiletries, sheets, food, etc. - which alleviated any extra stress that may have come from being away from home for so long. We were truly amazed everyday by what was offered to us by this wonderful charity. We were amazed so much so that we continue to spread the word of just how great they are for families. We hold an annual charity concert to raise money for the house, we speak at various area schools about the Ronald McDonald House to raise awareness, and we encourage schools and our jobs to collect pull tabs to raise money for the house. We had such a great experience with the Ronald McDonald House in DC that they will forever hold a place in our hearts and will always be remembered as our "home away from home".
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