Established in 1987, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest provides a “home away from home” for critically ill or injured children and their families, offering hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most. At any time of day or night, families come to the Ronald McDonald House in search of a place to stay, close to their child receiving medical treatment in Spokane. We fulfill this need along with meals, laundry facilities, transportation and a compassionate support network of other families to lean on and share their experiences with.
Due to growth and advancements in the medical community, increases in pediatric specialists, and the region’s population growth, there are more families than ever seeking lodging at our current 22-room House. In our 30+ years of Keeping Families close, we have provided comfort and support to over 20,000 families!
But, for every family we help, many more are turned away due to lack of available rooms at the Spokane Ronald McDonald House. On average, fourteen families a day are on our waiting list. These families face difficult decisions as many are unable to pay for a hotel. Instead, they sleep in their cars or in hospital waiting rooms or leave their hospitalized infant or child to travel home. More than half the families we serve face incredible financial hardships due to the loss of income(s) and mounting medical bills.
EXPANDING FAMILY CAMPUS
We have a big dream: to never have to say to a family, “I’m sorry, we don’t have a room available for you.” In 2018, RMHC INW began construction on a second Ronald McDonald House in Spokane that will more than double our capacity to serve families in crisis. Located right across the street from our current House, and in the middle of Spokane’s first-class pediatric medical district, the doors to our second House will open in February 2020, providing an additional 12,410 nights of lodging to 700 families every year!
STRONG COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Partnerships are at the core of Ronald McDonald House Charities. We are extremely grateful to be chosen as the Official Charity for Bloomsday 2020! Even though the doors to our Second House will open in February 2020, we need a lot more Hope and Love to complete our vision and reach our financial goal for this exciting expansion.
Every $1 donated this Bloomsday becomes $2 thanks to a generous matching donation program with Community Cancer Fund. RMHC INW is thrilled to be partnering with Bloomsday and Community Cancer Fund to take care of families during some of the most trying times of their lives.
This Bloomsday season, you can donate two ways to support RMHC INW during the Bloomsday online registration process. You can donate a monetary amount, and you can also show your support by purchasing a limited edition pair of Ronald McDonald socks.
It’s remarkable what a $500 donation to RMHC provides for a family during a 2 week stay….