Entries by Jacob Dreyer

You Can’t Spell Special Without P

As Mandy looked at her son, Preston, she said, “P is just special…all the way around.” “Preston came into the world 10 days early—with the biggest brown eyes—and stole everyone’s heart,” Mandy said. “He’s the sweetest little boy, but tough and fiercely independent. He does things to the music of his own anthem.” As three-year-old […]

Greyson’s Waiting Game

We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Reeanne and Ridge, family and friends, as 21-month-old Greyson passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Belcourt Hospital in Belcourt, N.D. His life was far too short, but his spirit will be with us forever. Some people say the hardest thing to do in […]

McGuire added to House leadership as Operations Director

Following a comprehensive search process, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, added Jammie McGuire to its leadership team as Operations Director. McGuire started at the House on Tuesday, Sept. 3. McGuire brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the House, after serving the past 19 years at two separate Rochester nonprofit organizations. She […]

Endicott added to Ronald McDonald House staff

Following a comprehensive search process, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, named Emma Endicott as its new Family Services Manager. As Family Services Manager, Endicott will work closely with the Family Services Director to ensure that guest families have a safe and comfortable stay at the House, fostering an atmosphere of hospitality and a […]

Josiah’s 3,000-Mile Journey

It’s hard to be away from home. It’s even harder when home is far away. Zuren and Josiah are from the small island of Trinidad. It is home to 1.27 million people and is 1,833 square miles—2.33 million people and 4,531 square miles less than the Twin Cities. But it is home. “I am originally […]

Enduring Eli

The definition of endure is to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding. Another definition of endure is Eli. “Eli amazes me,” said Samantha, Eli’s mom. “He has been so strong and brave.” “Eli is resilient,” said Jason, Eli’s dad. “He handled it better than any of us.” It was a typical day, as […]

Strong in Every Sense of the Word

The Strong family didn’t know what was wrong with Ethan, but they knew something was wrong. “He wasn’t eating, his eyes were sunken in and he was always in pain from arthritis,” said Anna, his mother. “He is tough to summarize because he’s undiagnosed.” The nature of Ethan’s medical condition led the family to Mayo […]

Bambenek named Hospitality Associate

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Nancy Bambenek will move into a new role as Hospitality Associate, effective May 6, 2019. Hospitality Associate is a newly created position to support the growth of the House mission as it expands to serve 70 families each night. Hospitality with Heart is […]

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester receives 2019 Remarkable Impact Grant

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota (RMHMN), received a $50,000 Remarkable Impact Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) through the generosity of AbbVie, which funded the grants, to expand its fresh and healthy food program. The RMHMN program—which has a working title of Keepin’ It Fresh—will transform a current space at the Ronald […]

Truth from Ruth

As Ruth was thinking about the past three months at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, a big smile came across her face and she said, “It’s hard to have a negative attitude when you’re surrounded by so much kindness, generosity and good…even when you’re here because you have cancer.” Two years ago, Ruth […]