ABOUT OUR HOUSE
The efforts to establish the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA was begun by a group of concerned citizens in early 1991. A significant medical need was demonstrated in a survey of pediatric health care institutions and agencies. Fundraising efforts and a search for property were started immediately and ground was broken in September of 1993. Support to make this dream a reality came from a variety of sources; corporate support, individual gifts, fundraising events, recycling programs and donations of building supplies, labor, furniture and services.
Our Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents can focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia is owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia, Inc. The mission of RMHC of West Georgia, Inc. is to provide temporary lodging to families traveling to Columbus, GA for pediatric care on a no cost basis.
The Ronald McDonald House is staffed full-time, 24 hours a day by either the Executive Director, Development Director, Program Manager, Evening Manager, Resident Manager and Weekend Managers. The staff is assisted by a core of dedicated volunteers who add to the support system for families.
Families interested in staying at the House must live outside of Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL and must be referred by a physician, nurse or hospital social worker or case manager. If no rooms are available, the family's name is put on a waiting list and they are notified of the earliest vacancy.
The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA features ten bedrooms with private bathrooms and all of the essentials. Room occupancy is limited to four family members per room and the rooms are furnished with twin and queen beds. The laundry area is fully equipped with washers, dryers, iron and ironing board.
The pantry is always stocked with groceries donated by the community and guests can prepare their own meals in the kitchen. There are also individual food storage areas should families prefer to bring their own food.
The Ronald McDonald House has comfortable family rooms, and a library filled with books, a computer and videos for all ages. The House also has a playroom full of toys and a porch full of sunshine and a wonderful play gym for the little ones in the back yard.
In our House, parents can break away from the hospital environment, have the support of other families and ease some of the stress associated with their child's illness. It is a place where families can feel at home, cook their meals, watch TV, read, do their laundry and enjoy the comfort of a warm and friendly environment.
For the health and safety of our families, guests, volunteers and staff, our House is Smoke, Tobacco and Drug Free
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