Coronavirus Response

July 7, 2020

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

I hope you and your family are well and staying healthy during this global pandemic.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, in so many ways. Few could have imagined the disruption COVID-19 would cause to our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Worldwide, more than 11 million people have tested positive for the virus and more than 500,000 people have died. The economic toll is yet to be tallied; jobs have been lost, employees furloughed, and businesses permanently shuttered. After four unrelenting months and daily uncertainty, the COVID-19 storm has not yet passed and seems to be gaining a renewed strength in many states and communities across the country.

Here at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, our priority from the onset of this global crisis has been the health and welfare of the children and families we serve, along with House staff and volunteers and our community. I am happy to report that all is well at the House and we are weathering the storm and advancing our mission of shelter and support to ill children and their families.

On March 13, 2020, Ronald McDonald House Charities suspended all Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide. Some programs closed completely, others repurposed as respite centers for weary frontline healthcare workers, and some, like the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, stayed open to serve the families currently residing in their Houses.

For the past 16 weeks, together with our caring community, we tenderly and safely cared for the children and families staying at the House and families who traveled to Rochester awaiting admission to the House. The creative and resilient House staff found new and innovative ways to deliver support, including virtual activities, grocery and meal delivery, and activity bags with games, books, and arts and crafts items. Because of your steady support and confidence in our actions, we have kept our doors open and our mission burning bright. Thank you for this commitment to the House and for supporting children and families during this challenging time.

We are pleased to announce that the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester recently received approval to welcome additional families into our program.

Our reinstatement to full capacity will happen in carefully planned phases to keep everyone safe and limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Our plan calls for measured increases in the number of families over the next few months, with designated days for family admissions. Safety will continue to be our priority as we move our mission forward. We are fully committed to keeping the House operational to serve children and families, as long as it is safe and smart to do so.

I wish you and your loved ones good health and well-being as we look towards brighter days ahead.

Peggy Elliott, Executive Director

McGuire added to House leadership as Operations Director

Jammie McGuire, 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 was the Facility and Member Services Director at the YMCA for seven years and the Senior Manager at Hope Lodge for 12 years before accepting the position with the House.

“We are delighted to welcome Jammie to the House staff and look forward to the expertise she brings from her years of nonprofit experience,” Executive Director Peggy Elliott said. “Jammie joins an incredibly mission-focused team that is dedicated to providing shelter and caring support to hundreds of children and families each year.”

As Operations Director, McGuire works in partnership and consultation with the Executive Director and provides leadership on organizational activities, such as: general administration and strategic planning, financial management, operations and technology.

Founded in 1980 as Northland Children’s Services, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, provides a home away from home and offers support to families seeking medical care for their children. For more information, visit www.rmhmn.org.

Endicott added to Ronald McDonald House staff

Emma Endicott, Family Services Manager

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 pleasing environment for all guests and visitors. Endicott will plan, organize and implement programs that support families and promote a positive community setting, developing professional and supportive relationships in order to meet their needs.

“We are excited for Emma to join the Ronald McDonald House staff in this key role of Family Services Manager,” Executive Director Peggy Elliott said. “Emma’s education, experience and genuine compassion make her a natural addition to our dedicated and caring team, which is committed to providing shelter and support to ill children and their families.”

Originally from the Brainerd Lakes area, Endicott spent the past year as a Food and Shelter Assistant for Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concordia College in Moorhead with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Organizational Leadership.

Endicott began her role as Family Services Manager on Monday, Aug. 12.

Founded in 1980 as Northland Children’s Services, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, provides a home away from home and offers support to families seeking medical care for their children. For more information, please visit www.rmhmn.org.

Thank You 2015 Donors!

We want to say thank you to everyone who donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota in 2015! Because of your caring support, we were able to be a “home-away-from-home” for 863 families last year – in a time when they needed us most. Please take a minute to watch the video below.

Thank You 2015 Donors! from RMH Rochester, Minnesota on Vimeo.