Coronavirus Response

March 27, 2020

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

In these times of uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that some things have not changed. Our mission is strong and shining bright in Rochester!

As an essential business playing an indispensable role in supporting pediatric patients and their families and their access to treatment and medical care at Mayo Clinic, we continue to support children and families staying at the House.

Over the past number of weeks, great measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for guests, volunteers, and staff, including:

  • Volunteer program suspended March 13, including all volunteer HouseWarmer support, programming activities, and House Dinners
  • In lieu of House Dinners provided by volunteer groups, staff are ordering and distributing boxed or catered meals and groceries to guests (with the help of our generous community, the House secured support to cover 6-8 weeks of nourishment)
  • Business Continuity Staffing Plan implemented March 16 that allows for minimal staff on-site, with all other staff members working remotely
  • Social distancing measures
  • Visitors no longer allowed at the House
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing
  • Self-monitoring of symptoms and temperatures by all guests and staff

We are blessed to have the tremendously strong support of our Ronald McDonald House community during this difficult and stressful time. Our community is supporting the House with calls and emails of good wishes, by ordering things from our Amazon and Target wish lists, by supporting our House Dinner Hero program to provide meals and groceries for guests in the House, and by supporting the House financially.

We can’t thank you enough for your thoughts and for supporting the House from afar. We feel your love!

No one knows with any certainty what the future will bring. With full and compassionate hearts, we intend to continue to advance our mission and serve the children and families who call us their home away from home until the COVID-19 crisis is over.

We look forward to sunnier days for all. Please stay well and keep your families well.

With gratitude and appreciation,
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.