RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Every year at RMHCSC, we’re finding new ways to help families with sick children stay together and near the medical care and resources they need—when they need it most. Forty years after our founding in 1977, our Chapter continues to evolve to meet the growing demand for services at our Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Three key principles guided our work in 2017: Responsible Growth, Effective Management, and Connecting with Our Community.
RMHCSC has responded to the increasing demand for our services—from families and from our hospital partners—by steadily growing our regional capacity and areas of support. Since 2011, we’ve added a total of 56 new rooms across Southern California, including a 33-room expansion of our House in the Inland Empire, which officially re-opened at the beginning of 2017.
Last year, our Camp unveiled a brand-new instructional kitchen for campers and broke ground on a completely refurbished Camper Village. And three other Houses—in Orange County, Pasadena, and Bakersfield—will grow in size over the next several years to accommodate even more families in their communities. We’ve also expanded the care offered to families staying with us, such as our award-winning Family Support Services program and volunteer-driven Meals of Love.
With so many families depending on us when their child is sick, we understand the responsibility we have to maintain the highest-possible standards of quality and care. In 2017, all of our programs took steps to improve energy efficiency and make strategic facilities upgrades. These measures not only reduce costs, they help minimize disruptions and create a more comfortable environment for the guests who are staying with us. We’ve also made dramatic improvements to our IT systems in order to ease check-in/check-out procedures for our guests and enhance security.
Connecting With Our Community
One of the most important benefits our families get from staying at a Ronald McDonald House, visiting a Family Room, or going to Camp are the connections they make with the other parents, grandparents, and siblings they meet along the way. But this community of care extends beyond our physical walls to include the countless volunteers, donors, and partners we’ve established during the course of our 40-year history.
In 2017, we worked closely with doctors, nurses, and social workers at more than 25 regional hospitals to help connect families to our services. School-aged children, service clubs, and community groups held fundraisers on our behalf, donated furniture or supplies to our programs, or simply cooked a homemade Meal of Love. And more than 1,500 people from across the region came out to one of our 2017 Walk for Kids events.
Large or small, we all can play a role in helping families stay near the lifesaving medical care their children need. On behalf of the thousands of brave kids and families we supported last year, thank you for being a part of our vital community. Thank you for helping even more families stay together through the biggest challenge of their lives!
Chief Executive Officer
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a place for families to call home so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little to no cost. Staying at a Ronald McDonald House helps families focus on the health of their child, communicate better with their child’s medical team, and keep up with complicated treatment plans.
RMHCSC operates six Ronald McDonald Houses across the region. Click on the different cities on the map to learn more.
Ronald McDonald Houses
FOUND COMFORT AND SUPPORT WHEN THEIR CHILD WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH OUR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES IN 2017
FAMILIES SPENT WITH US, FOR AN
OVERALL OCCUPANCY RATE OF 85%
MEALS OF LOVE
WERE SERVED BY OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms
Only steps away from pediatric or intensive care units, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer families a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital – just moments away from their sick child. RMHCSC operates two Ronald McDonald Family rooms at:
These rooms feature quiet guest areas, living spaces and sleeping quarters, children’s games, kitchenettes, and family resource libraries with Wi-Fi and computers.
RECORDED AT RMFR MISSION
RECORDED AT RMFR MISSION
RMHCSC VOLUNTEERS WERE ON SITE TO HELP FAMILIES INSIDE THE HOSPITAL
We believe that cancer should never take away the opportunity for a child to experience the fun, laughter, and job of life. Located on a 60-acre facility in the mountains near Idyllwild, California, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times helps children impacted by cancer, their siblings and parents create life-long friendships and cope with a frightening diagnosis.
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
(CANCER PATIENTS, THEIR SIBLINGS, AND PARENTS)
HAD A LIFE-CHANGING CAMP EXPERIENCE
(DOCTORS, NURSES, AND COUNSELORS) WHO HELPED CARE FOR AND INSPIRE OUR CAMPERS
GROWING TO MEET THE NEED
IN THE YEAR AHEAD, WE EXPECT TO...
Begin Expansion Of
Ronald McDonald Houses
New Camper Village
For 60 Campers
Launch Programs In
New Areas In Southern California
(West L.A. and Ventura)
GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF CARE
Our international partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities has local Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions around the world. Families checked in for care at 90 percent of the top children’s hospitals in the world have access to at least one core RMHC family-centered program. Core programs include Ronald McDonald Houses®, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles®.
OF THE TOP CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD HAVE ACCESS TO AT LEAST 1 CORE RMHC PROGRAM
Brooke Beare is an award-winning journalist and co-anchor of the CBS evening news in Palm Springs. When her daughter Danica suffered a traumatic brain injury, she felt overwhelmed by the details surrounding her daughter’s treatment and unprepared for the endless night alone in the hospital. “It was a real shock. Not just the injury but the process after — a whirlwind of information, decisions that need to be made and coming to terms with the possible outcomes.”
Not long after, a nurse introduced her to the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside CHOC Children’s in Orange. The Family Room, and its volunteers, became a lifeline for Brooke and her family. “Going to the Family Room while Danica was asleep was really my only time to eat and just take a breather.”
MEDICAL PARTNER PROFILE
Medical social workers are among families’ most important allies when their child is undergoing treatment. In addition to providing counseling and support, social workers help connect families to essential services, like a local Ronald McDonald House. Gina Kornfiend knows how important Ronald McDonald Houses are for the families she sees at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. With more than 30 years of experience, Gina works in the hospital’s Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, helping families with quality of life planning, goals of care meetings, end of life care, and bereavement care. Gina says she feels privileged to be able to help children and families who are living with a life-limiting illness, and to walk together with them along their path.
In 2017, RMHCSC celebrated 40 years of providing comfort, care, and support to children and families in Southern California. To help mark the occasion, we spoke with some of our founders – local business leaders and medical professionals – to ask what they remember about our Chapter’s “early days.” Here’s some of what they had to say…
McDonald’s Operator and RMHCSC Founding Board Member
On the early support of McDonald’s owner/operators…
“Cancer at that time was almost a death sentence for young kids. The families were going through such traumatic times—sleeping on the floor in the room or out in the hallway where their kids were. It was such a compelling need and such a wonderful program, and it fit well with Ray Kroc’s philosophy of giving back to the community. So it was a no-brainer for the operators here. We felt like, because we were early adopters, it was an honor to carry on and expand what had started in Philadelphia.”
Dr. Stuart Siegel
Pediatric Oncologist and
On the need for a Ronald McDonald House in Southern California…
“My immediate reaction was, ‘this makes sense.’ As a doctor, I could see how this was an important need – that my patients needed and their families needed. And I always thought of the care of kids with cancer as ‘holistic,’ in that it had to involve not just the patient but the whole family, because they were impacted by the child’s disease. Issues such as being able to be near their child, having the opportunity for siblings to see their brother or sister who was sick, being able to talk with other people who are going through the same ordeal and share their experiences – immediately I felt that this was something that there was a need for.”
Pediatric Nurse and Camp Volunteer
On the founding of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times…
“The first year a group of physicians, nurses, and staff from the original Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, decided to try a camp. It worked so well (and those were just kids from CHLA), they wanted to see if they could branch out and do camping with some other hospitals. I knew Barbara Britt, who was the founding nurse of Camp Ronald McDonald, and she called me up at UCLA and said, ‘Why don’t you come be a Camp nurse and bring some UCLA kids?’ And so I did, and I’ve been going every summer (and usually every winter) since then.”
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
*No Longer Active*
2017 marked the final year for our regional Grants and Scholarships Programs. For more than 25 years, these programs had tremendous impact on local organizations that directly benefit children and deserving college-bound high school seniors:
AWARDED SINCE 1990
DESERVING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
GRANTS MADE TO LOCAL NONPROFITS
AWARDED SINCE 1987
Special events: 27%
Capital campaign: 15%
Investment gains: 5%
Program fees/In-Kind: 4%
Rental/Other income: 4%
Total (2016): $14,119,905
Total (2016): $12,099,782
LEADERSHIP & STAFF
RMHCSC Board of Directors
Dr. Stuart Siegel
Steven M. Acosta
C. Megan Foker
Mark E. Terman
Charlene Yu Vaughn
RMHCSC Leadership Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Director, Finance & Administration
Executive Director, Long Beach Ronald McDonald House
Executive Director, Orange County Ronald McDonald House
Executive Director, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House
Director, Pasadena Ronald McDonald House
Executive Director, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
Executive Director, Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House
Director, Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House