Our Families Need You Now More Than Ever.
Over the past year, Ronald McDonald House Charities Newfoundland and Labrador has put the health and safety of families, staff and volunteers at the forefront. In response to the pandemic, RMHC has remained committed to serving families with sick children recognizing that we join frontline healthcare workers and hospital partners as an essential service.
On March 20, 2020, in order to prevent exposure and the spread of COVID-19 and protect the families already in our care, RMHC NL temporarily moved to a Mission Paused Phase and suspended acceptance of any new families (March 17 – June 8, 2020), paused all in house programs that involved outside groups, paused our Family Services volunteer program and restricted all non-essential visitors.
Since that time, we remained focused on our core mission of providing overnight accommodations, meals and support for the families currently staying at our house.
We remained committed to ensuring the highest level of safety and security for families, staff and volunteers, working in close consultation with the Government of NL, local hospital partners and Public Health authorities. This includes the continued implementation of new policies and procedures such as physical distancing, enhanced screening, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), advanced cleaning procedures and a phased approach to adapting to public health restrictions.
Unable to be supported by family services volunteers and outside groups during this time, the entire Ronald McDonald House staff became the front line delivering the mission each and every day of 2020 and we are very grateful for their professionalism, compassion and dedication.
While we continue to move our Mission Forward to help more families who need our immediate services, we continue to monitor the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance and recommendations of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Public Health Authorities.
As a valued champion of RMHC NL and the families we serve – thank you for your continued support. Your support means we can remain committed to helping families with sick children when they need us the most.
BE A #2021HeroFromHome
Our focus is on continued mission delivery. The suspension of our Home for Dinner Program in March 2020 due to COVID-19 meant the suspension of our family service volunteers and the involvement of outside group coming into our kitchen to cook meals for our families. We have found alternate ways to continue to provide meals for the families staying with us. Through donations, staff have stepped up to assist with grocery shopping, preparation of home cooked meals and as needed ordering meals at local restaurants.
Your donation will have a direct impact on continuing to deliver our mission of keeping families close to their sick or injured child being treated in hospital through:
- Gift of Family Nights to help a family stay together at a Ronald McDonald House
- assist with the extra costs of meals for our families
- helping with the extra costs for additional cleaning supplies for more aggressive cleaning procedures
- Activities to help keep children and families occupied during isolation
We believe we are stronger together. And if we can’t be together, we can work together to support families with seriously ill children across your community.
If you can be a #2021HeroFromHome, please make a donation below.
If you would like more information on how you can help donate or cover the cost of a meal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org