Serving During a Pandemic: Detroit's Ronald McDonald House Continues to Help Families

May 14, 2020
Ronald McDonald House Serving Families During COVID-19 Crisis

Ronald McDonald House Charities Detroit

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I’m guessing you’ve tossed some change into the collectors at the McDonald’s drive-through before, but you may have never had the privilege of seeing how your donation and all donations big and small impact families. Like those across the country (including other Michigan locations in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids), the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit is there to house families of sick children while they seek treatment. Already burdened by the physical and emotional impact, The Ronald McDonald House doesn’t want the families to worry about anything. They take care of daily needs including cooked meals, a shuttle to the hospital a media room to allow work and school tasks, and more. They ask is a $10/night donation if it’s possible, but they will not turn anyone away if they can’t afford it. While their staff is limited now during this crisis, they are still focused on "keeping families in their care safe and comfortable." It is closed to visitors and volunteers but is continuing to serve thanks to generous donations. Their hard-working Executive Director, Jennifer Litomisky tells me that they are caring for five families right now, including one from Jamaica. 

We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. While most of the staff is working from home, we miss the best part of our jobs - YOU! Love, Jennifer, Linda, Helen, Nicky, Jackie, Jane, Mike, Chrissy, and Irma.

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I first “met” Jennifer Litomisky, when she posted a picture of the Blue Angels Detroit America Strong Flyover to salute frontline workers on our Facebook page earlier this week. She, her staff and their partners at Children’s Hospital of Michigan must have felt a special pride knowing the flyover was in appreciation for all the hard work and compassion those on the frontline have shown. She expressed her deep appreciation (she called it a giant shoutout!) on our airwaves to all the doctors, nurses and other workers at the hospital  - as well as those who help the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

As we thank all of our frontline workers, we also want to remember charitable organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities Detroit who are keeping things going despite the limitations the COVID-19 pandemic have brought. Here’s a giant shout out to you!  Donate Here or find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit.

Staying at RMHC Detroit means more bedtime stories with dad -- #keepingfamiliesclose

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The Bourbeau Family stayed at RMHC Detroit while they were waiting to adopt their newborn daughter, Emilia, who received care after her birth at @childrensdmc . She's now healthy and happy to be home, pictured here with her parents and big brother Jacob. If you need a place to stay while your child is hospitalized, call our front desk at 313-745-5909.

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Chelsea wasn’t prepared to give birth to her son two months early. Born weighing only 3 pounds, 11 ounces, Damien was immediately rushed to the NICU. But thanks to RMHC Detroit, she can be by her little pumpkin’s side and see him grow every day until he’s strong enough to go home. ---- #keepingfamiliesclose

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