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Southern California Chapter

Unifying the efforts of our six houses, a camp, two family rooms and other programs, the Southern California Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is committed to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

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Our Houses

Ronald McDonald Houses located throughout Southern California help families stay close to their child when they need treatment for a serious medical condition. Our Houses provide a home-like setting, close to the region's top hospitals, where families can stay free-of charge for as long as necessary.

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Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times helps children with cancer and their families find hope, healing and a sense of normalcy at our year-round, medically supervised camp facility.

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Family Rooms

Our Family Rooms provide an oasis for parents and caregivers inside the hospital, giving them a chance to sleep, shower, and connect with other families just steps away from their child’s hospital bed.

CHOC at Mission Viejo Staff

Ronald McDonald Family Room-CHOC at Mission staff members are dedicated to providing comfort, care, and support to children and families in Southern California.

Joni Allen-Ooms

Joni Allen-Ooms

Ronald McDonald Family Room Manager - CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital

Joni started her tenure with the Charity in November 2008 as a volunteer in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. After 3 years she accepted a position as the Family Room manager, where she continues to this day. Joni has an extensive background in meeting planning, having worked with Hewlett-Packard for 10 years as a corporate meeting planner where she was responsible for events around the world. While attending San Diego State University, where she studied Marketing, Joni began what would be a long career in the hotel industry, serving as a Banquet Captain for the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Intercontinental in San Diego, and at various Marriott properties. Duties included acting as liaison between the guest, Chef and all banquet staff. Organization and high customer service skills were absolutely critical for success. Joni enjoys adventure and in October 2007 had the wonderful opportunity of trekking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest at an elevation of 17,500 feet above sea level. She’s lived in both Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Mazatlan, Mexico.

Joni has been married to Willem Ooms for 27 years, whom she met while on vacation in Greece. They have two children. Alexandra is 24 and is works in Clinical Oncology at Stanford. Her son, Addison, is 21, and is the starting Center on the UC Berkeley (CAL) football team. Joni is an avid walker and logs a minimum of 25 miles a week with her Australian Shepard, Khumbu.

 

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