RMH Providence provides a safe and caring environment to a number of families each year, and they do so without a lot of fanfare. Instead, they quietly provide support and a "home away from home" for people when they are distressed over the life and care of children. Our company has proudly "adopted" a room at RMH Providence for multiple years due to the House's dedication to mission: to provide services that assist families during times of medical crisis.
I have visited RMH Providence on multiple occasions, and always find a helpful smile, strong leadership, and genuine hospitality to all who enter their doors. The city and families across Rhode Island are very fortunate to have the House.
When our oldest son was born, we never knew about the Ronald McDonald House or how it would play such a significant role in the life of our family. While we had heard of the organization, we had never been intimately aware of the physical and emotional support that they provide to families in need. While our son was in the intensive care unit at Women & Infants, we tried to keep a round the clock bedside vigil. When I was released from the hospital after 48 hours accomplishing that became a difficult task because there was nowhere to change our clothes, wash or rest. The social work staff referred us at that time to the Ronald McDonald House.
What the PRMH provided us was a clean bed; plentiful, nutritious food; a warm shower; a smiling face to greet us each day and an attentive listener if we needed to unburden ourselves. Best of all, it was right across the street from our baby.
During our stay we met other families at the house. There was a young couple whose daughter had been born three months prematurely on the Cape; she had been transferred to W&I and the mother was staying at the PRMH for the duration. We also met several families from Greece whose children were being treated for congenital defects at Hasbro Hospital. And we met some incredible volunteers. When my father and uncle left the hospital to “check us in” at RMH, they came back with full stomachs; the volunteers had insisted that they stay for a meatball dinner. One Sunday morning, I recall a couple of older women making us a delicious hearty breakfast and letting us talk at length about our son. Everyone we met there was truly special.
One year later, our second son was born and he too was admitted to the intensive care unit. Again, we availed ourselves of PRMH. In fact, I almost felt compelled to pre-register before delivering again in 2004. Thankfully that son was born healthy but it was reassuring to know that there was a friendly, convenient, safe and affordable place to stay if circumstances had been different.
The Ronald McDonald House only charges its guests if they can afford to pay. Maximum charge per day is $10. Generous donors cover other expenses and most is raised on their annual walk. Please consider making a donation. Your gift will assist families in what may be their greatest time of need.