2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

Busier than ever in 2017, the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House was full nearly year-round serving families from around the world and across Southern California. These parents and caregivers were drawn here by the heroic work of the medical teams at nearby hospitals like CHLA, who are themselves trying to meet a growing demand for family-centered care. Recognizing the support we offer these families when their child is undergoing treatment, CHLA (our oldest hospital partner) awarded us a half-million dollar gift last year to help accommodate the approximately 2,500 guests referred to us each year by their staff. Support from our other friends in the community in 2017 also allowed us to move forward with several long-overdue building improvements that help keep our House in good shape and make our families feel comfortable and cared for. Projects like these will only increase as more families come through our doors—another reason we’ve also made adjustments to our Family Support Services model to ensure that every family is greeted personally at check-in by a trained support specialist to whom they can always turn for services and help. There’s never been a better, or more important, time to get involved with the House: bring a group, make a meal, or check our website for Day of Service ideas or upcoming events!

A couple of years ago, ten-year-old Elijah Olivas was ejected from a car that was involved in a high-speed accident. Elijah was immediately flown to a hospital four-and-a-half hours from his home in Santa Maria, where he underwent a series of operations to save an amputated hand and address his many significant injuries: multiple skull fractures, a fractured collar bone, kidney failure, and a punctured lung. On the third day of surgeries, the doctors informed Elijah’s parents, Jason and Maria, that he would be transferred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for ongoing treatment and care. They were also told that a room was waiting for them across the street at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. “The House allowed us to be by Elijah’s side for every step of the way,” says Jason. While they were staying at the House, doctors were able to save Elijah’s arm and repair his injuries. Today, Elijah and his family visit the House whenever they’re in town for a check-up. They also remain connected to the House by participating in events like Walk for Kids: each year, they walk to celebrate the life of their son and support the thousands of other families who call the House a home.

THE OLIVAS FAMILY

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT

75

ROOMS

5,083

GUESTS SERVED

94

OCCUPANCY

%

14.7

AVG. LENGTH
OF STAY (DAYS)

4,603

VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEER HOURS

13,520

CONTACT INFORMATION

Manuel Loya
Executive Director

 

Mark Terman
President, Board of Trustees

 

4560 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles
CA 90029

 

323-644-3000
Phone

 

323-669-0552

Fax

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