When a child faces a major medical emergency, normal life is turned upside down for their families. The stress of this frightening time is compounded even further when families learn that they will have to uproot their lives and travel far from their home and community to receive the necessary, specialized care. For families seeking care in and around the Columbus area, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio steps in, supporting families with housing, food, recreation, and other needs as they live through this unpredictable time.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio supports the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio. It’s one of nearly 700 individual locations and programs served by the Ronald McDonald House network across the country. The Columbus location is one of the largest RMD Houses in the world, offering a temporary “home base” to hundreds of parents and siblings. The location offers a wide range of support to families during their stays, including:
- Private bedroom suites and bathrooms
- Fully-equipped kitchens with dining areas and home-cooked meals from volunteers
- Laundry facilities
- Play rooms
- Exercise and meditation rooms
- Gathering areas
- Continuing care rooms for post-chemo or post-transplant care
No family in need is turned away, thanks to the generosity of Ronald McDonald House volunteers and donors. At the Columbus location alone, over 4,500 families are served each year, with a facility of 120,000 square feet and 137 guest rooms. In addition to on-campus services, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile travels around Ohio neighborhoods, providing much-need medical, dental, and educational services. The organization also supports two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, to provide respite for families while at medical facilities.
“I choose this organization as it is near to my heart. There was a time when my mother and brother both stayed here as my brother underwent several surgeries as a child,” said Michelle Middleton, Director of Executive Search for the Franchise practice at Blue Rock Search. “I love the fact that this organization provides families with a place to stay as they’re going through an extremely difficult time. It takes some of the financial burden away from an already stressful situation.”
Blue Rock is proud to highlight and support the incredible work of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio!
About Blue Rock Gives Back
At Blue Rock, part of our corporate culture is finding ways to help people whenever the opportunity arises. In the Blue Rock Gives Back program, our employees each choose a cause that is personally important. Then, on a monthly basis, we select one of those charities and make a donation. We believe that even small acts can make the world a better place.