The Issue: Traveling Costs for Families with Ill Children
Families with children who are seriously ill often have to travel in order to seek life-saving medical care at specialized facilities such as the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. During the stressful experience of pediatric hospital treatment, many families need a comfortable, low-cost place to stay that is close to the hospital.
The Campaign: Fund Guest Stays for Families at House
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Ronald McDonald House can provide 40 families with one-night guest stays at either Ann Arbor House or Mott House. Each additional $10 raised will cover the costs of the suggested donation for one night's stay for another family.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Huron Valley
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Huron Valley operates two houses in Ann Arbor where families can stay as an alternative to expensive hotels or making long commutes back and forth from the hospital.
At either the 29-room Ann Arbor House across the street from the hospital or the 12-room Mott House on the hospital's 10th floor, families stay for as little as one night or as long as a year, although the average stay is about two weeks. Both houses include private rooms and showers, laundry facilities, and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to provide emotional support. Although guests are asked to donate $10 per night, no families are turned away due to an inability to pay. Housing costs are largely funded by community donations, and the actual cost of housing a family is an estimated $75 per night.