10-month-old Miracle was born a heart warrior, undergoing open heart surgery at just a few months old. She is truly a miracle baby to her parents, Heidi and Daniel Franco, which inspired her name. Read more about The Franco Family – Finding Comfort, Coping Together...29 November, 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
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
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
Why We Serve
We held our very first pop-up Toy Shop in San Ramon to bring joy to patients at one of @ucsfchildren's clinics. Families stopped by to shop for free to get a special holiday gift to bring a smile to their faces in between appointments. Thank you to everyone who has donated toys and care items to make this possible! Read more about Pop-Up Toy Shop Success...
“For me, leaning in is about facing challenges head-on and finding opportunity in every obstacle,” shared Laura Boudreau, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area. Families with sick kids have no choice but to lean in to ensure their child gets the best care possible. For families like Miracle’s ... Read more about 5 Simple Ways You Can Lean in For Families with Sick Children...
Nov. 17 — “Tad has continually helped our organization, championing our mission to other philanthropists and foundations around the Bay Area. He played a vital part in funding our 2015 expansion to serve more families with sick children.”— RMHC Bay Area Board Member, Bob McIntire ... Read more about Mission Moment — Philanthropy Day...
At RMHC Bay Area, we recognize domestic violence affects every single community. Nicole Williams, MSW, Senior Director of Marketing and Development, has dedicated her career to supporting women, children, and families coping with trauma. From journalism to domestic violence response and sexual assault prevention in higher education, Nicole has put supporting individuals experiencing trauma first. Read more about Why We Serve — Domestic Violence Awareness Month...
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.