For 33 years the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House has provided families with a safe and supportive place to stay while their child undergoes treatment for critical illness or injuries at local hospitals. To date, more than 30,000 families have stayed at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House during their time of need. The House strives to:
- Provide families of sick children with safe, welcoming lodging near their hospitalized child.
- Insure that children have the support of their family members during their difficult medical treatment.
- Provide families with stress-reduction activities to help them avoid sibling and parental isolation, and loss of financial security.
The Ronald McDonald House spends approximately $90 per night to shelter a family. Guests pay a nominal nightly fee of $25 if they can afford it. No families have ever been turned away because of an inability to pay. Significantly, more than 70% of the families we serve can’t afford to pay the modest daily fee. In 2012, the LARMH hosted 2,148 families for 20,724 nights. These families came to us from the local Southern California community (52%), the rest of the state (8%), nationally (19%), and overseas (21%). We are one of the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the world with 75 rooms and we have served families from every state in the country and 47 different countries around the world. The House strives to create a welcoming environment for the children and parents who visit our two buildings providing both short-term and long-term housing needs. Guests benefit from large, communal kitchens, dining rooms, recreation rooms, playrooms, family rooms, parents’ dens and laundry facilities. Outside amenities include barbecue patios, children’s playground and a large landscaped courtyard. Finally, secured subterranean parking is available to our families.
The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House understands that the needs of our families go beyond simply finding a place to stay during their child’s illness. Programs have been designed to focus the attention of children and their parents away from hospital procedures through a wide array of services. For example, our weekly parent’s meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences and fears associated with their child’s illness. We also provide one on one counseling for our families and children. This opportunity for families to offer one another emotional support is what makes our House truly unique.