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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF INDIANA INC
June 29, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Ronald McDonald House of Indiana for nearly 4 years. I specifically spend time at the location inside Riley Children's Hospital. As a volunteer I have had the opportunity to see the impact RMHI has on families who stay there during their child's hospitalization. The physical and emotional toll experienced by these families is visible as they wander into the house just looking for a quick respite - a meal, place to sleep, chance to do laundry, or just escape. They are always so thankful and even in their distress they show their appreciation.

The House transcends the idea of a physical place but rather a gathering place for other families with similar situations to share their stories and gain strength from their experiences. I believe in the House and this why I continue to come back as a volunteer. Personally I have had the chance to share warm conversations with several people during their stay and it's always nice to engage them on a personal level to perhaps get there mind off their child's troubles.

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My cousins have stayed at Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and it just shows how it comes full circle. They were so thankful to have a place to stay since they were from out of town.

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

Try to better educate nurses and hospital personnel to the amenities we offer.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteer bi-weekly to help families at RMHI by completing chores around the House while providing moral support.