Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.
Rating: 5 stars 1 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Health
Location: 3727 14th Street, NE Washington DC 20017 USA
Mission: RMHC''s cornerstone Ronald McDonald Houses provide temporary housing for the families of critically ill children being treated at local hospitals. Many of these families have traveled long distances and face extended stays in our area. The Houses make it possible for families to stay together during a time of crisis, and for parents to focus on their sick child without having to worry about how or where they will sleep or eat. In addition to having their basic needs met, families also draw strength from having the opportunity to share their experience with other families in similar circumstances. In our Houses these families find a warm, understanding, and supportive refuge. Parents and other caregivers also spend many hours at the hospital with their children. The Ronald McDonald Family Room ® at Children''s National Medical Center is a quiet haven within the hospital where parents and other caregivers, often anxious and overwhelmed, can go to rest and regroup. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile ®, operated in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital, helps to ensure that under-served children in our community have access to quality medical care. Finally, through our Grants and Scholarships Programs, RMHC is pleased to be able to support other local nonprofits with programs that benefit children and to provide college scholarships to young adults helping them to reach their full potential.
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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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