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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Inc

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Causes: Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. Our cornerstone program is the Ronald McDonald House, a "Home away from home" for more than 300 families each year whose children are receiving medical treatment in area hospitals.  Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Programs: Established in 1987, Savannah's Ronald McDonald House serves as a "Home away from home" each year for 250 families of critically injured and seriously ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals. RMHC of the Coastal Empire is an independent, 501(c)3 registered non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone programs include the 10-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations to underserved, school-age children in Beaufort County (SC).

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is amazing the work of the Ronald House of the Coastal Empire! The caring way they manage assisting the families during such a time of need is unbelievable! The staff and volunteers make certain that almost no need is unmet to a family so they can focus on the healing of their child and spend as much time as possible with their child. Of course, when they return to RMHC for a break, the staff and volunteers make sure the family gets support and rest or whatever is needed.
What is special is that no family is turned away if they cannot afford the nominal fee charged for staying at the house however long they need to be there. That is why this grant and our donors make our house strong! The volunteers are constantly providing meals and making sure the house is a home away from home for these families!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
From the moment you walk in the house you have an immediate feeling that God is with you. The love and smiles that the dedicated staff and volunteers provide is something that I know every family remembers forever. When I started volunteering in the house, Miss Kennette was the only full time employee and ran the house as if it were her own home.
She extended her arms and heart to ever family that walked through the door. A time went by the house was blessed to have Nikole Layton join as Executive Director and her energy and true dedication for the charity has made the house bigger and better than anyone could have hoped for. Our developmental director Mindy is a brain child and has taken her passion for the house and started fundraisers and events in the house that has gained media exposure to the house like never before. Lastly we have Carol, our volunteer coordinator that has truly been a blessing. Our board is led by Ms. Lisa Dean and she has managed to build a board of strong people in our community that love and believe in everything RMHS stands for. I am proud to be involved with RMHC and proud to know the amazing women that help the families of the LowCountry during unthinkably difficult times.

Review from Guidestar