supported program: Ronald McDonald House

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The haudenschild Garage supports the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego, a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children being treated at San Diego area hospitals. Since 1980, Ronald McDonald House of San Diego has provided more than 140,000 nights of lodging to 14,000 families in need! We were the 20th House to open in a Global family that now includes nearly 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries!

Due to overwhelming need, a new House opened in July 2009, with 47 bedrooms (compared with the previous 12) and a Family Care Center to help make life easier for families dealing with a sick child. The new Family Care Center at Ronald McDonald House is like none other in the world. It serves as a day resource for any family with a child in the hospital, providing necessities to make their lives easier as they go through the most difficult times of their lives. The new Family Care Center has the following services 365 days a year:

* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
* Laundry Facilities
* Web MD Computer Resource Lab
* Three TV/Quiet Rooms
* Children’s Play Room
* Showers
* Teen Center
* School Room
* Chapel
* Exercise Room
* Day Resting Room
* 22,000 square feet of outdoor play space and separate healing gardens
* Living Room
* Beauty Salon

Our Purpose
Here at Ronald McDonald House, we are a home-away-from-home and more for families with seriously ill children in treatment at area hospitals. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, we provide lodging to family members of sick children who otherwise might sleep in hospital waiting rooms, in their car or drive long distances home and back. We also provide a Family Care Center for use during the day for anyone with a child in the hospital.

Last year, Ronald McDonald House provided housing for 43 families per month, and offered a reprieve during the day for 1,200 families per month. With our new 47-bedroom House, we expect to serve 20,000 families per year by providing bedrooms and a Family Care Center to those who need us. It costs $140 per night to provide a bedroom to a family, which often includes siblings and the sick child.

Studies show that when family members stay close their ailing child, the child heals better and family members cope better. A bed near the hospital, a warm meal, a hot shower and access to laundry facilities can make all the difference to those who sit by their sick child’s bedside day in and day out. Because of our new larger Ronald McDonald House, we can provide so many more families the comfort and necessities needed to cope when their lives are turned upside down by their child’s illness.

Please click here to visit the Ronald McDonald House San Diego’s website.