Greenville Journal Feature Article

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas plans to double capacity with expansion

AUG 3, 2017 | EMILY PIETRAS

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (RMHCC), which assists the families of sick or critically injured children by providing housing, meals, transportation, and other support, has been facing an unprecedented demand for its services.

“We are always full at over 80 percent capacity and have been for over five years,” says Marti Spencer, executive director and CEO of RMHCC.

RMHCC, located on Grove Road across from the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, is one of more than 335 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.

“We allow families to have time together. That’s the most important thing,” Spencer says. “So when your child is critically ill or injured, you know that we are kind of going to take away all those worries about where you’re going to sleep, where you’re going to eat, how you’re going to take a shower, do laundry. … So we provide all of those for them so that their focus can be on their child. We try to be part of the whole program of family-centered care.”

She adds, “We’re able to keep families close and help them have some normalcy at a very unpredictable time in their lives and their children’s lives.”

Since RMHCC opened its doors in 1989, GHS Children’s Hospital has more than doubled its number of beds, from 64 to 166 in 2015. In that same time period, its team of pediatric specialists has increased from 14 to 206.

More than half of the families who stay at RMHCC have children being treated at GHS, but the organization has other medical affiliates in the Upstate, including the Shriners Hospital for Children and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

RMHCC mainly serves families from across South Carolina, as well as from six neighboring states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. In 2015, the counties most served were Oconee, Greenwood, Laurens, Anderson, Spartanburg, and Greenville.

Although RMHCC never wants to be in a position where they have to turn away a family, the growth of local hospital systems has left them without a choice. With just 12 guest rooms, they simply don’t have enough space to accommodate need.

“Last year, we served over 350 families, but we had to wait-list over 250 families,” Spencer says.

The Bell family recently spent 12 days at a hotel before RMHCC had an open room.

Twenty-nine-year old Abby Bell gave birth to her second child, Jensen, on May 11. Her pregnancy was full-term without any complications, but during birth, Jensen sustained a severe brain injury, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. He was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at the GHS Children’s Hospital.

Continue reading the full story here: https://greenvillejournal.com/2017/08/03/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities-carolinas-plans-double-capacity-expansion/
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We’re Hiring!

Join Our Team

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (RMHCC) is a home away from home for families of critically ill or injured children receiving treatment in a local hospital in Greenville, S.C.  It is our mission to keep families close, while providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most.  We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—making sure we are always here to help a family in need.  To continue to serve as many families as possible, we need your help!  We are currently in need of an Intern to assist with the Development and Events this fall and spring semesters.

Email [email protected] for these documents emailed directly to your inbox!

Volunteer Services Coordinator (Full Time) – Position Filled! 

Responsible for the recruitment, engagement, record keeping, retention and recognition of volunteers providing service at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Carolinas in addition to managing the RMHC of the Carolinas’ silent auction within its two largest fundraising events.

Thank you to all of the applicants! We had an overwhelming response and are thrilled to announce our newest team member soon. Stay tuned! 

Development and Events Fall and/or Spring 2017 Internship

Assist the Development and Marketing Director and Events and Communications Manager in all operational and event planning tasks needed to plan and implement successful fundraising events. Learn more about this opportunity here!

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Suzuki Practice-A-Thon

Kids Helping Kids

The Upstate Suzuki Studios held a Practice-A-Thon in the lobby at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, March 19th, 2017. These talented kids raised over $3,000 for our House, all while playing sweet and beautiful tunes to the patients, families, friends, staff and volunteers at GHS. Thank you for helping to keep families close in our Ronald McDonald Family Room and at our House! What a wonderful day!

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Volunteer Spotlight

September RMH Volunteer Spotlight

 

Meet Beth Ball Granger, Family Room Volunteer and friend of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Beth joined our RMH family as a Board Member when she was the Director of Child Life Services at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. She acted as a liaison between the House and the Hospital while providing expertise in making necessary improvements in our Ronald McDonald Family Room.

After 37 years at GHS, Beth retired from her position in child life services and became a dedicated volunteer and advocate for our Ronald McDonald Family Room, providing a wealth of support and empathy for the children and families who come through our doors each day.

Beth is enjoying retirement with her husband of 5 years Greg. In her spare time, she is very active member of her church serving senior lunches, plays golf, bridge, cooks and shags (the very popular southern style dance). She can also be found loving on her sweet grandchildren and many friends who she considers “family!”

Her favorite motto is: “People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” The truth to be learned from this is remembering the impact you can make by the combination of your presence, attitude and behavior. Thank you, Beth, for being a loyal friend and volunteer for families and children over the many years. You are the epitome of your own motto!

Want to get involved? Contact us today to learn more: 864-235-0506.

 

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Individual ONOS Payment Options

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 11.50.11 AMAre you an individual interested in participating in our upcoming One Night One Shirt Campaign? Look no further!

Step 1: Follow this link below to purchase your t-shirt via PayPal. We also accept cash and checks. If you prefer to go that route, skip the PayPal link below and note your method of payment in your email to Kate!


One Night One Shirt: Size (adult)


Step 2: Email Kate Venuto ([email protected]) and let her know what order was placed (size and quantity), if you are associated with a company and/or organization that is already participating and the best number to reach you.

Step 3: Keep on the lookout for a reply from Kate for details on next steps!

 

Thank you for #KeepingFamiliesClose through our One Night One Shirt initiative!

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BUILDING HOPE

RMH_Logo_v6Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas Breaks Ground on “Building Hope” Expansion Project

Expanded House Will Keep More Families Close To Their Sick Or Injured Child

 

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (April 15, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas broke ground on its $3.5 million capital campaign expansion project today. The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House, located in Greenville, S.C., to double the amount of families it currently serves by adding an additional 12 guest bedrooms. 

“Our Chapter is absolutely thrilled to begin this new adventure,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of RMHC of the Carolinas. “Today is an important day for families all across the Upstate of South Carolina and beyond our borders. The expansion will strengthen our ability to meet the needs of children being cared for in an outpatient and inpatient setting; ultimately meeting our goal of keeping families close and helping to enable family centered care.”

The 17,500 square foot expansion will connect to the current House located at 706 Grove Road, directly across the street from Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Features of the expansion include 12 additional guest rooms with private baths; a new guest check-in and main lobby; a large dining hall; a commercial kitchen designed for multiple families; an elevator making all rooms accessible to guests and visitors; a business center to help families keep up with their homes; an expanded laundry facility; and a community conference room to welcome volunteers and community partners. 

In 2015, RMHC of the Carolinas served 400 children and their families but the demand for rooms far exceeded availability and 254 families had to find alternative housing. In a recent study 90 percent of hospital leaders agreed that RMHC helped families reduce stress and costs of caring for a sick child. And, as the Greenville community and its medical facilities continue to grow, the need for the House program will continue to increase year after year. 

“The services RMHC provides are a vital part of the healthcare continuum,” said Tom Mascari, Board Chairman of RMHC of the Carolinas. “We wanted to continue to fulfill our mission and serve more families to provide them with the resources they need so they can better focus on their child’s medical needs. It was clear we needed to expand and we look forward to helping more families in need.”

For 27 years, RMHC of the Carolinas has served more than 10,000 families from the Upstate of South Carolina, its six surrounding states and from outside the USA. Families come to the House at any time of day or night in search of a place to stay within steps of their child receiving medical treatment at an area medical facility. In addition, the House provides meals, transportation and compassionate support— all the comforts of home. The average length of stay for a family is 11 nights. 

“We have received an extremely positive response from the Greenville and Upstate community in our goal of raising money for the expansion,” said Joe Swann, Capital Campaign Co-Chairman. “There was a need and the community truly rallied around the Chapter’s mission. The community is our campaign foundation and it is through them we have reached this important day.”

Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, McDonald’s GSA Co-Op, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Fluor are lead donors for the campaign. The expansion project has raised approximately two-thirds of the funds needed and is seeking donations to meet its $3.5 million goal. Pledges and donations can be made online at http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/ or mailed to Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. For more information on the “Building Hope” Capital Campaign, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/.  

About RMHC of the Carolinas: 

RMHC of the Carolinas’ mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Since 1989, the Chapter has provided support to more than 10,000 families through the Ronald McDonald House program. More than a room, the House serves as a quiet place for families to be alone or as a place of companionship, sharing and emotional support with other families who are also caring for a sick child being treated at nearby hospitals. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, visit www.RMHC-Carolinas.org.

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12th Annual Ronald Cup

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas Refreshes 12th Annual Ronald Cup Golf Tournament and Welcomes Celebrities to Greenville

RCCC_Social_Media_Art_612px_BGREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to present its 12th Annual Ronald Cup Celebrity Classic will be held on Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25th at Green Valley Country Club.

Celebrities expected at the 12th Annual Ronald Cup Celebrity Classic are as follows:
· Adam Humphries: NFL Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – former Clemson Tiger
· Terance Mathis: Former NFL Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons – 13 year NFL Career
· Jose Alvarez: Former MLB Pitcher, Atlanta Braves
· Mark Bryan: Lead Guitarist, Hootie & the Blowfish
· Rick Seratte: Keyboard/Vocalist, Whitesnake – known for hit song “Here I Go Again”
· Thad Daber: Professional Golfer, 4-Time World One Club Champion, Guinness World Record Holder, Lowest Round of Golf using only One Club
· Blake Sims: Former Alabama Crimson Tide Starting Quarterback

“The Ronald Cup has always been a very successful fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House,” said Joe White, Ronald Cup Committee Member. “We saw a wonderful opportunity to add a new dimension by getting charitable sports figures and celebrities to join our sponsors as they all raise money for the House. Our goal is to offer a premiere member-guest experience for the attendees so they will leave feeling like they had a great day on the course, while also giving back to the worthy cause.”

The golf tournament begins with a Pairings Party the evening of Sunday, April 24th. Attendees are invited to a heavy hors d’oeuvres cocktail party at Green Valley Country Club looking over the scenic mountains of the upstate. The party will feature the sounds of famed, jazz performer Joe Gransden from Atlanta, Ga. Attendees will also have a chance to browse a selection of silent auction items, mix and mingle with the celebrities and finally bid for a chance to have the celebrity play as a the “Fifth Man” on their golf team the next morning. The event kicks off Monday morning at Green Valley with 18 spectacular holes of golf situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and meandering through the natural terrain of the Reedy River Valley. To finish off a great day on the course, golfers are invited to an awards luncheon in the country club.

“Since its inception, all of the proceeds raised from the Ronald Cup go directly back to the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville. This year is no different, other than the fact that we are inviting celebrities to come and play a great round of golf with our attendees,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. We are a local charity with a global impact keeping families close to their critically ill or injured children since 1989. We are fortunate to have such great partners in the Greenville community and these celebrities who will help us continue on our mission.”

Sponsorships and tickets are available for purchase at http://www.rmhc-carolinas.org/ronaldcup. For more information on the 12th Annual Ronald Cup Celebrity Classic, contact Samantha Bauer, Communications and Events Manager at Ronald McDonald House, at (864) 272-0197 or [email protected].

 

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Calling All Gentlemen!

Formal Wear for a Cause

Are you in the market for formal wear for our upcoming McGala or holiday parties? We’ve got just the thing for you!

Since 1939 Gregory’s Formal Wear has served the community—first as laundry cleaners and hatters and then as purveyors of fine formal wear. The Greenville community has kindly voted them “Best Men’s Fashions in the Upstate” numerous times in their over 75-year history. This year, Gregory’s Formal wear has partnered with our House to provide the utmost quality and service while giving back to our House and families we serve! All you have to do is mention “Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas” when you call Gregory’s and they will donate 10% of each purchase directly back to our House and programs. Can’t beat it!

These guys are the real deal, trust us. Busy schedule? Large group consultation? They come to you. Give them a call today, and don’t forget to mention our name.

Thank you, David Gregory, for being such an amazing community partner and advocate for our House!

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Gregory’s Formal Wear…On the GO!
1322 East Washington Street
Greenville, SC 29607
[email protected]
(864) 553-1013

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