A year and half ago, Kristin and Jordan lost their seven-month-old daughter, Cecilia Elizabeth, who is known affectionately at RMHC Bay Area as “Baby CeCe.” As part of her grief journey, Kristin began writing “Dear Cecilia,” virtual love letters to her daughter, building a community for families grieving a child. Read more about Grief Awareness Day – “What is grief, if not love persevering?”...29 August, 2022
An anchor for families & critically ill children in medical crisis
Who We Serve
Meeting families & sick kids where they’re at
RMHC Bay Area provides medically underserved families and sick children with essential housing, meal and support services as they access specialized care at our partner hospitals.
Did you know?
- 20% of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford families come from federally-designated medically underserved communities. Check out Emilio’s story >>
- More than a third of our families served speak only Spanish.
- 81% of families are low-income, earning less that $47,000 for a family of four. See how we’re tackling hunger at the hospital >>
- We are a leader in delivering Latinx/Spanish-language mental health services and training. Meet Dr. Hernández, associate director of Family Support Services >>
Race & Ethnicity
- Hispanic/Latino, 35%
- White/Caucasian, 39%
- Asian/Pacific Islander, 7%
- Other, 10%
- Black/African American, 5%
- Multi-Ethnic, 2%
- Native American/Alaskan, 2%
Top Clinical Services Accessed by Patients
- Cardiology/Heart Transplants, 41%
- Oncology, 13%
- Liver & Kidney Transplants, 12%
- Neurosurgery, 11%
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 23%
- Cardiology, 19%
- Pediatric Surgery, 11%
- Outpatient, 9%
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 9%
Information about the families we serve at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland will be available soon! In the meantime, learn more about how our new Feed the Love program is tackling food insecurity at the hospital.
Family Impact Stories
From the moment their youngest, Emilio, was born 11 months ago, the couple knew their lives would be changed forever. Only days after his birth, Emilio was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Without a liver transplant — the kind of care unavailable in the Central Valley— Emilio’s own proteins were toxic and deadly. Read more about Emilio’s Story — Accessing Care in Crisis...04 August, 2022
Jun. 11 — “Staying active has helped me manage my anxiety, frustration and anger (how can you not be angry when you’re kid is sick?) in a productive and helpful way.”— Jessica Rogozinski, #RMHCBayArea Parent... Jessica and her kids Felix and Dottie have stayed at #RonaldMcDonaldHouse on and off since 2016, making the 3+ hour drive from Fresno for Felix’s treatments. ... Read more about Mission Moment — Finding Sanctuary...22 June, 2022
Can you believe that springtime is already coming to an end on June 21? There’s still time to support our spring give campaign. You can help fund housing, meal, and psychosocial support programs for kids and families accessing lifesaving medical care... Read more about Moments of Joy — Because of You!...13 June, 2022
Why We Serve
From the moment their youngest, Emilio, was born 11 months ago, the couple knew their lives would be changed forever. Only days after his birth, Emilio was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Without a liver transplant — the kind of care unavailable in the Central Valley— Emilio’s own proteins were toxic and deadly. Read more about Emilio’s Story — Accessing Care in Crisis...
"Because of our Family Support Services Spanish Track, we're able to reach more Spanish-speaking families and have a higher impact on our communities." — Martha Hernández, Ph.D., Associate Director, Family Support Services (FSS) ... Read more about Minority Mental Health Month with Dr. Martha Hernández...
As RMHC Bay Area grows to support even more families with sick children through expanded housing, meal and support resources, Vice President of Finance Cynthia Semenoff has served as the backbone of our organization’s financial health for more ... Read more about Why We Serve — Financial Literacy Month...
For more than a decade, Brad Lyman has served RMHC Bay Area. As a board member, advisor, donor, and Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, he has seen the organization transform from a 47-bedroom House to a regional Chapter... Read more about Why We Serve – Creating a Legacy of Gratitude...
Meet Ana | A Frontline Hero
For three years, Ana Henríquez has worked behind the scenes at Ronald McDonald House as a professional housekeeper. She says, “As human beings, we have the ability to help children and families who need help. For me it’s easy to take a moment and say ‘Hey, have a cup of coﬀee, drink some water,’ before they leave for the hospital because I know they have a long day ahead. It’s our job to work, and their job to take care of their children so they can survive their illnesses — and it’s not easy.”
Read more about how Ana is a hero to Ronald McDonald House families.