Ronald McDonald House Supports Local Families
The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (RMHWM) 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 $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 as a result of these grants and the matching contributions.
The Mt. Pleasant community looks after their own, even when they need to go elsewhere for care. The Family Support Program of the RMHWM 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 children.