Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana is to provide a "home-away-from-home" to families of seriously ill children and to provide programs that give comfort, compassion and care to children and their families.

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Category: Human Services
Parish: Orleans
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Louisiana provides a comforting home environment, meals, and transportation for families who have traveled to New Orleans for their child's medical treatment, serving 1,226 children and adults in 2017 alone. RMHC of South Louisiana also supports children in our community by providing free immunizations to un- and under-insured children through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program and offering toys, drinks, snacks and other comforting items to pediatric patients and their families at Ochsner and Tulane Lakeside Hospitals through the Comfort Cart program.
"People might not realize that when a child gets sick, it's hard on the whole family. Moms, dads, or grandparents like me, have to leave their jobs, and with very little money and very few resources, come down to a city they've never been before and not knowing anyone here. But when you stay at the Ronald McDonald House it makes things easier and, after a while, everyone calls you by name and asks 'how's your baby?'

"I was living on Pop-Tarts and canned ravioli when we got out of the hospital in north Louisiana. Staying at the Ronald McDonald House, I could buy food and put it in the refrigerator for ourselves, and there were groups cooking dinner and food in the pantry, and I was like, 'Wow, this is so nice.' It's something I didn't have to worry about.

"Staying with the other people in our situation, it's a support group that's so much like a family. It's meant a lot, to me and the people we've had those experiences with at the House.

"I try to encourage everybody, if they're worried about where their money goes, that it directly affects families in need of support, then help the Ronald McDonald House. It's near and dear to my heart."
-Delayna E., West Monroe, Louisiana. Delayna travels often to New Orleans and stays at the Ronald McDonald House for her grandsons Conner and Sebastian's medical treatment.