PASADENA, Calif (February 2019) – On February 14, 2019, the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House will celebrate its fifteen year anniversary.
The House began with only 8 bedrooms and the mission to serve as a “home away from home” for families coming into the Pasadena area to receive specialized treatment. Built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal nor where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Since opening on Valentine’s Day in 2004, the House has served more than 23,000 children and their families. The Houses are classic Pasadena Arts and Crafts (Craftsman) style homes first constructed in 1910 and were completely renovated in the late 1990s. The two houses were built on adjacent lots for former California governor Markham’s daughters.
The combined 9,000 square feet offer 12 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, two large kitchens, a family room, two fully-stocked pantries, two laundry rooms, computers with internet access, a resource library, and a spectacular backyard with outside dining tables and a BBQ grill. Activities are coordinated by the staff with volunteer groups to help families relieve the stressor of their child receiving treatment. Those activities have included pet therapy, recreational activities, arts and crafts, and birthday parties. “We appreciate all of the groups and individuals who been involved with the House for the past fifteen years,” said Elizabeth Dever, Director of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. “We could not do this important work without the help of our donors, board members, hospital partners, volunteers, students, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the generosity from so many supporters in the community.”
The Pasadena Ronald McDonald is located across the street from Huntington Hospital. Families who need the services of the House are referred by medical personnel. Their hospital partners include: Huntington Hospital, Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, City of Hope, Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, and the Grossman Burn Center.
We are humbled to have spent the last 15 years keeping families close – close to one another and close to their medical treatment. But 12 bedrooms are not enough, the House must expand to meet the growing community need. We are looking forward to what the next fifteen years will look like for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House.
The House is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC).