Coronavirus Response

November 17, 2020

Dear friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota,

During this season of thanksgiving, I am reminded of the goodness of people and their willingness to help others during times of great need. We count ourselves fortunate to recognize our family of supporters who have made it possible for us to continue to serve and support children and families during a global pandemic unlike anything the world has seen for 100 years. I don’t know how we can adequately thank you or tell you how much your support has meant to those we serve, our staff, and our mission.

We are humbled by your trust in us to continue to serve families seeking medical care for their children during this global crisis.

It has been more than nine months since COVID-19 (coronavirus) began impacting our world, our community, and our House. These have been difficult months for so many, including the families who find shelter and support at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester. This was certainly not the year we anticipated following the completion of our Love Tremendously Hope Exceedingly capital campaign to expand our House and our mission.

Although this year has been filled with great uncertainty, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming home away from home for families seeking care for their ill children. For more than 40 years, we have kept families together and near the care they need. Our Ronald McDonald House program is strong and our commitment to children and families has not been shaken or weakened by this global pandemic.

The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders continues to be our top priority. Our COVID-19 Pandemic Business Continuity Plan has provided the roadmap for keeping our House safe for those who live and work within our walls. With the help of many, our Ronald McDonald House of Rochester staff has risen to the challenges of serving families safely and with heartfelt compassion.

Our mission in action:

Guests: Although many changes have been made to our program to ensure the health and safety of our guest families, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester is open and continues to serve children and families every day. Families wishing to stay with us should view the Conditions to Stay or contact Family Services (507-282-3955) for assistance.

Volunteers: The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester volunteers are not currently allowed inside our facility. However, there are many opportunities for volunteers to assist from afar. Please contact Katie, Nancy, or Paige (507-282-3955) for a list of current opportunities.

Friends and Supporters: The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester mission remains strong because of our caring and generous community of supporters. Now, more than ever, children and families seeking the services of the House need your help to manage through these difficult and uncertain times. Please help us keep our mission shining bright this holiday season by supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester.

On behalf of the entire House staff, we send warm holiday greetings from our House to yours. Please be safe, stay healthy, and take good care.

Peggy Elliott
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota