Mission: To provide support and lodging for families of children being evaluated or treated for cancer, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, renal failure, or other serious illness or injuries requiring treatment.
Programs: Ronald mcdonald house charities of southern arizona owns and operates a 28 bedroom house located in tucson, arizona that provides temporary housing for families of seriously ill children who must leave their communities to seek medical care for their children. The house serves children receiving treatment at banner university medical center, tucson medical center, st. Joseph's hospital, and other treatment facilities in the tucson area. In 2014, 440 families stayed at the ronald mcdonald house for a total of 3,659 "family nights". Families of seriously ill children age 21 and under are eligible to stay at the ronald mcdonald house. They must be referred to the house by a social worker, nurse, doctor, or other medical personnel and be undergoing inpatient or outpatient care. We ask a nominal donation of 15 per night per family, which only partly defrays operating costs. However, no eligible family is ever turned away for inability to give this nominal donation. The house is also an approved lodging facility for families covered by the arizona medicaid program (ahcccs). The house is operated with 6 full-time and 8 part-time staff. A pool of volunteers assists with the day-to-day operations by providing office assistance, light housekeeping, and simple maintenance jobs. For 2014 the ronald mcdonald house in tucson had approximately 100 volunteers who donated nearly 6,000 hours of their time, helping to provide a safe and welcoming "home away from home" for the families. In addition there were over 1,200 volunteers who helped with preparing meals for the resident families and assisted at special fundraising events.
the ronald mcdonald family room at diamond children's medical center is an extension of the services ronald mcdonald house of southern arizona provides. The family room serves all pediatric in-patient families at the children's medical center. It is a special place within the hospital, near the intensive care units, where families can relax and "get away" while still being close to their child. During 2014 we saw 7,755 visits to the family room. Family room volunteers staff the room, uphold all family room and hospital policies and are supportive to the families who use the room. In 2014 we had 40 volunteers who donated approximately 2,200 hours of their time. We also started a new program at the dcmc called the caring cart. The caring cart is a mobile information source within the diamond children's center. Caring cart volunteers visit the patients' rooms with snacks, a small toy, and information about the services available at the family room and the ronald mcdonald house. Sum of = 1,340 volunteers