RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF AUSTIN AND CENTRAL TEXAS INC

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

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Location: 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd Austin TX 78723 USA

Mission: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We served more than 1,740 families in 2012.
Programs: Through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs in Austin, we serve over 1400 families a year by providing lodging, meals and support services to families with ill or injured children. Families stay with us for an average of 8 nights. We open our doors to all families from all walks of life. If a family cannot afford to pay the $10 a night fee, we will cover all expenses. We will never turn anyone away regardless of their financial situation. We provide limited burial assistance funds, and bereavement counseling for those who have lost a child.
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EIN 74-2277664
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough about the Austin TX RMHC. The people involved from the volunteers to the the top are the most amazing caring individuals you would ever want to meet. They are doing Gods work. My husband was ill a few years back and I know how hard it was taking him back and forth to the hospital, making a grown man go in for his Chemo treatments, etc. I cannot imagine what that must be like to go through with a child, much less have to be in another city away from home. The amazing simple things the Austin Ronald McDonald House provides to families in these situations are priceless. Having a sick child is an awful thought, and already comes with a high financial burden, but imagine having to pay for weeks of hotel rooms, food, and being away from friends and family.
If you have the opportunity please look into this amazing charity. Give if you can of your time or your donations. Take a tour. You will be surprised at what they provide, who they provide it to, and how easily you can make a difference.

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I have not personally experienced the use of the Austin RMHC, however I have a few friends who have and say they are not sure how they could have ever made it though their children's ordeals without the Austin RMHC.

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Help them raise more funds to help more people. They are already doing everything right.

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Thanks for sharing your personal story as well as your RMHC Austin story. We are able to serve so many families because of the generous support of people like you who know firsthand how important it is to help families in challenging times. Sincerely, Jan Gunter RMHC Austin

Rating: 5 stars  

My sister & I were in a terrible car accident, which killed her and left me with many severe internal injuries. The Austin Ronald McDonald House was my famlies home away from home during those weeks immediately after. It wasn't just the convenience of a home, though, but the love and support of the volunteers and families in the house who made a lasting impact. We have a stone outside for my sister's memory - and it always touches our hearts to stop by and find it. The new location is beautiful - and they've created a true haven for families. I recently moved back to the area, and my team & I at Starbucks are volunteering to prepare meals. Our hearts and lives are touched forever. Thank you, RMHC, for all that you do...

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When I was injured, my family was able to stay nearby - a home away from home - a place full of love!

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I wouldn't change a thing... would only want to further spread the word about what a great organization this truly is :)

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Thanks so much for sharing your story. We are thankful that out of your profound loss you have found the energy and focus to support RMHC Austin on behalf of other families who find themselves in challenging situations. We loved meeting your Starbucks team at the House and look forward to more volunteering from all of you! Jan Gunter RMHC Austin

Rating: 5 stars  

Four years ago, after spending a week with a friend whose son was at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, and after realizing how important the Ronald McDonald House there was to her and her family during their child's illness, I began volunteering at the House in Austin. In the past four years, we have completed and moved into a beautiful, energy-efficient new house adjacent to Dell Children's Hospital. In that time we have served almost 4000 families, and volunteers have spent over 23,000 hours per year supporting the wonderful work that the House staff does for the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers purchase food, cook meals, wash dishes, decorate and clean rooms, do office work, donate money and items on the needs list, garden, collect pull tabs, and support fund-raising events such as the Bandana Ball and Lights of Love 5K. Seeing a family come in from the hospital and being able to relax over a warm lunch or supper is the most gratifying feeling in the world.

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seeing how much it means to a stressed-out family to have a place to stay, warm meals, and emotional support when they have a child in the hospital.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes at all. It is a wonderful organization that provides a home away from home for families of ill children.

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Pat - you are a wonderful volunteer, and we all love seeing your smiling face each week! Thanks for the great review, but mostly thanks for your dedication that helps us each week as we work to support families in very challenging times. It's always good to know you're in the House because you understand so thoroughly the day-to-day operations and are able to care so well for families, volunteers, donors and whoever walks in the doors of this House! Jan Gunter