Mission: Founded in 1982, the New Mexico Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of RMHC-NM. It provides a temporary home-away-from-home to families with critically ill or injured children when necessary medical care is unavailable in their own community. The average stay for families is 10 nights, but stays of over a month are not uncommon. We serve many people from minority and under served populations and accept referrals from social workers and other members of the hospital and medical communities in Albuquerque.
Results: House offers over 10,000 nights of family lodging annually. Kids heal faster when they are supported by their family. Families go home and remain a vital part of their community without financial and emotional interruptions.
Target demographics: families with children in active medical care
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 900 families annually. Thirty families a day.
Geographic areas served: Southwest
Programs: the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UNM Hospital, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHRISTUS St Vincent Regional Medical Center and Katie's Kart at Lovelace Women’s Hospital.
About 7 years ago, I almost went to this house when my first daughter was almost born premature. Thank goodness that the doctors at U.N.M were able to prevent that from happening and saved my daughter. But while there, the doctors told us about the Ronald McDonald house and so we looked it up. Based on what we read, we have gained a new respect and admiration for organizations like this. Kids and their families are being helped with premature births with specialists and housing to those who aren't from there. We are proud to say that we donate to this and any other organization that helps children since then. Thank you Ronald McDonald house for all the work you guys do to help families in situations that I was almost in.