08 Aug Press Release: Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area Receives a $55,000 Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation Grant
PALO ALTO, Calif. – July, 28 2022
Contact: Nicole Williams, Senior Director, Development & Marketing
PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 28, 2022 – Ronald McDonald House Bay Area was recently awarded $55,000 of grant funding from the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation, providing essential funds to support our comprehensive support network of housing, meals, and psychosocial support services to families with sick children in the Bay Area.
“For seven years, the Louis and Gladyce Foster Family Foundation has supported RMHC Bay Area’s programs benefiting critically ill children,” said Chief Executive Officer, Laura Keegan Boudreau. “We are so grateful for their contribution and for helping us ease the tremendous burdens our kids and families face. More than 80 percent of the families we serve are low-income earners. Many face language barriers, food insecurity, challenges with stable housing – issues that are only exacerbated by the stress and financial burden of childhood illness.”
RMHC Bay Area is seeing firsthand how the global pandemic is amplifying barriers to accessing health care, food, and support services and exacerbated the fear and uncertainty experienced by families with critically ill children. Last year, RMHC Bay Area provided 24,000 overnight stays and 95,000 meals nearby and inside our partner hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
The Charity will use this year’s grant to support essential programs including housing, meals, and support services to families with sick children to access to life-saving medical treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The directors wish Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area success and are pleased to have the opportunity to support families with sick children through medical crisis,” said the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation President.
The Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation was organized and has operated exclusively for charitable purpose since 2015. They have provided $290,000 in essential funds to our RMHC Bay Area programs, which is equivalent to 1,800 nights of housing over the last seven years.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area (RMHC Bay Area) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides no-cost housing, free meals, and comprehensive psychosocial support services to families with critically ill children who are accessing lifesaving care at the Bay Area’s leading children’s hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. Additionally, the Chapter’s two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles provide free oral health care services to the Bay Area’s most vulnerable children in Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. The 123-bedroom Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is one of the world’s largest pediatric housing facilities for medically fragile children and their families, which offers lodging, daily meals, 24/7 family services in English and Spanish, and innovative family-centered programming, including its distinctive makerspace; Family Support Services graduate training program that offers 3,000 hours of therapeutic support to families in medical crisis; an onsite credentialed K-12 school; and more. For more information, visit rmhcbayarea.org. Follow RMHC Bay Area on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.