BHHS Legacy Foundation $25,000 Grant To Ronald McDonald House Charities Helps Families With Sick Children Stay Together

By Giving Hope ArizonaJanuary 9, 2019

The BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona a $25,000 grant to help ensure that the families from the BHHS Legacy Foundation Tri-State Region staying at one of three Ronald McDonald Houses have one less thing to worry about when they travel to metropolitan Phoenix for specialized medical care for their children.

            In 2017, more than 60 families from cities served by Tri-State BHHS Legacy Foundation, which includes Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Topock in Arizona; Laughlin, Nev.; and Needles, Calif., stayed at Ronald McDonald Houses.

“Tri-State families staying with us often come to the Valley for medical care not readily available in their local communities. Providing a safe, warm and welcoming place to stay while they’re here and to be among other families experiencing similar challenges, provides an incredible level of comfort for them,” said RMHC-CNAZ CEO Nancy Roach.  “This generous grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation means families from the Tri-State Region have one less thing to worry about. On their behalf, we are very grateful.”

The grant award will fund 328 nights for families from the BHHS Legacy’s Tri-State Region. RMHC is 100 percent community funded and supported.

No family is ever turned away for being unable to pay the $15 nightly fee that is asked.  The cost to Ronald McDonald House to house a family for one night is $76. Financial support from the community, through direct donations, grants, fund-raising events and third-party fundraisers, help cover those costs. 

In 2017, nearly 1,100 families from 15 Arizona counties and 26 states stayed at one of the three Valley Ronald McDonald Houses.  Ninety percent of families were from Arizona. 

            Families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses stay in private rooms have access to laundry facilities, large community kitchen and pantry, dining room, family room, indoor and outdoor play areas, library and free Wi-Fi.  Volunteer groups donate food and prepare nightly meals for families in a warm, positive, comfortable environment where families also get physical and emotional support from others experiencing similar challenges. 

            Since 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona has recorded more than 50,000 family visits.