The Ronald McDonald House Supports Locals
The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan serves to provide a “home away from home” for families who travel to the Grand Rapids area for critical health treatment of children and youth through their Family Support Program. On average, they will support eight to ten families from the Mt. Pleasant area each year for an average of 21 nights, resulting in an average savings of $2,500 per family.
In 2016 alone, the RMHWM Family Support Program hosted eight families from the Mt. Pleasant area for a total of 102 nights, resulting in savings of $12,750 for the families. RMHWM recently received a 2018 Challenge Grant from the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation of Grand Rapids, which will match all new contributions from community foundations by 100 percent.
The Family Support Program received a $650 from the Community Impact Fund, $1,250 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, and $600 from the Missy and Doug Labelle Foundation Community Impact Fund. The program will be able to serve an even greater number of families through these donations and the matching contribution that will be made by the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation of Grand Rapids.
The Mt. Pleasant community is a family who looks after their own, even when their own may need to go elsewhere to be looked after. The Family Support Program of The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan directly serves the Mt. Pleasant area by providing quality living accommodations so that families will have one less expense to worry about when seeking critical healthcare for their child.