2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

Every year in Pasadena, we see more and more families arrive through our doors when their child is sick or injured. Last year was no exception: for the fifth consecutive year, occupancy at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House was consistently above 95 percent, and for most of the year we were completely full. We expect this demand to intensify now that Shriners Hospital for Children has relocated from Los Angeles to our “City of Roses.” Our studies suggest we will need to at least double in size, from 12 guest rooms to more than 24 guest rooms, to respond to this growth of our partner hospitals and the rising numbers of kids and families we collectively support. As we plan for our future, so many friends continue to pass through the doors of our century-old homes to help comfort the families we serve: the La Canada Junior Women’s Club helped refurbish our living rooms; the Pasadena Community Foundation, Pasadena Rotary Club, and Pasadena Host Lions Club helped us buy a new van to transport families back-and-forth to the hospital; and countless local businesses and volunteers cooked wonderful meals for our tired guests at the end of a long day in the hospital. We’re thrilled to enter our next phase of growth and grateful for all the friends who are joining us on this exciting journey!

THE RAMIREZ FAMILY

Like any other six-year-old, Carlos Ramirez loves to run, ride bikes, and play sports with his friends. But Carlos is no ordinary six-year-old. Carlos was born in Sinaloa, Mexico with a deformity in his limbs that required doctors to amputate both of his legs below the knee. Carlos’s first surgery took place at Shriners Hospital for Children when he was just eight months old. Since then, he’s returned to the United States on numerous occasions with his mom, Brenda, for surgery and treatment. Over the years, the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House has become like a second home for Carlos and Brenda. Running through the kitchen into our big, tree-shaded yard in his favorite snowman outfit, Carlos has everything a six-year-old could need who’s more than 1,000 miles away from his family and older sister. He even gets a regular visit from his favorite friends, the miniature horses who come every month to put a smile on the face of kids like Carlos who are staying at the House. As Carlos grows up, he and his mom will be coming back to Pasadena year-after-year to help keep him in running shape. Each and every time, our doors – and our hearts – will always be open to them!

12

ROOMS

1,581

GUESTS SERVED

97

OCCUPANCY

%

9.2

AVG. LENGTH
OF STAY (DAYS)

3,790

VOLUNTEER HOURS

635

VOLUNTEERS

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Dever

House Director

Carl Everett & C. Megan Foker

Co-Chairs, Board of Trustees

763 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena
CA 91105

 

626-204-0431

Phone

 

626-585-1688

Fax

 

edever@rmhcsc.org

Email

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