RMHC St. Louis COVID-19 information
A statement from Dan Harbaugh, RMHC St. Louis President:
July 10, 2020
Changing, Adapting & Continuing Our Mission
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of St. Louis is committed to providing clean, comfortable and healthy spaces for families to rest, recharge and connect with one another. The health and well-being of our guest families, staff and St. Louis community members in which we serve will always be our first priority.
In April, with the guidance from RMHC Global leaders, we suspended the acceptance of new families into our Ronald McDonald Houses to prevent exposure to guest families. RMHC St. Louis staff have worked vigorously toward a multiple-phase plan to offer our services to new families. After more than three months, we welcomed our first new family in June.
All in-House volunteer opportunities remain suspended, including the Meals from the Heart program. Our four in-hospital Ronald McDonald Family Rooms remain primarily inactive. However, we have been collaborating with hospital staff to allow families to access Family Room accommodations on an individual and limited basis. We have also modified multiple special events, including the 35th Annual Ronald McDonald Golf Tournament and the 20th Annual Kids & Clays Tournament. For more information on this year’s activities, please visit the 2020 Special Events page here.
We remain focused on our core mission of providing overnight accommodations, meals and support for the families currently staying at our Houses.
We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), local State Departments and local hospital partners.
Support from our friends and the community is more important than ever as we work towards a safe and responsible reinstatement. Here are three ways you can help today:
- Make a donation. Your financial support will help us continue to be here for our families. Donate today!
- Provide a meal. We have suspended our Meals from the Heart program, but you can help by providing funding for meals or ordering a meal to be delivered to one of our Houses. Click here to donate and select “Meals from the Heart Relief” from the gift designation drop-down menu. For information about how you can have food delivered to one of our Houses from a local restaurant, please click here.
- Donate Wish List items. We have updated our Wish List with essential items. You can donate these items from the safety of your own home through our Amazon Wish List. Your donated items will be delivered right to our doorstep and put to great use. Don’t forget to order through amazon.com and select “Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis” for us to receive an additional donation from Amazon!
Thank you for being part of the RMHC St. Louis family. Our work here will go on with your continued dedication and support.
RMHC St. Louis President