8/2/13



As mentioned a couple of weeks back in a previous post, my daughter and I had the opportunity to visit Ronald McDonald House Ottawa. The visit was informative, inspiring and heartwarming to say the least. We had a great time touring and talking with staff.



Before you even walk into Ronald McDonald House Ottawa, you feel like you’re visiting someone’s home. A Ronald McDonald House sign is at the entrance, letting you know you’re at the right place. There is a buzzer at the front door to let the staff know someone is visiting, coming in or out.

We were greeted by the Executive Director who gave us a tour of Ronald McDonald House Ottawa. She was very pleasant (as were all the staff) and answered all of our questions about the House.



Inside the front entrance there is a huge Ronald McDonald House welcome mat and two big doors leading into the lobby area. The first thing I noticed in the lobby aside from the gorgeous interior design was the beautiful, hand-painted Library of Life. Books are changed within the library from time to time; the library is filled with dedications.



The House is very big with different wings and from the lobby you can go to different areas of the House like the offices, laundry room, kitchen, dining room, and lounge area. You can go upstairs to where the family’s rooms are or sit outside in the beautiful garden area.



All of the artwork throughout the House was created by the resident artist, she is so talented! In fact, the majority of things in Ronald McDonald House Ottawa are donated by volunteers, businesses and people like you and me.


As beautiful as the House is, it’s the staff and volunteers that make it a home. Most volunteers have been with the house for over 15 years, some 25 years and more. I can tell you, the volunteers and staff at Ronald McDonald House Ottawa are incredible people who work from the heart.

Everyone is so welcoming and so passionate about what they do it just warmed my heart from the get go.

I had the chance to meet and talk to several volunteers and staff who work at the House. Parents need as much support as they can get when they have a sick child, especially when they are seeking treatment in another city. One parent may have to stay home to care for other children or have a full time job and other commitments they wish so hard they could leave for the moment to be with their sick child. Some families come as far as 80km away because they have no other choice.

Nobody should face these challenges alone and with Ronald McDonald House Ottawa, they don’t have to. Family centered healing means helping a family, whatever their need may be and being there for them. Parents of sick kids have a place with friends and family away from home, helping take the burden off to help them cope.

Knowing they make a difference in families’ lives every day is the extra bonus of being at Ronald McDonald House Ottawa. They help families in need through difficult times.

After a lovely lunch of sandwiches from The Lazy Pickle, I had the opportunity to speak with a mom who was staying at the House from several hours out of town. Her story hit home; her baby is in the hospital and her partner has a job plus other children to tend to. She said without Ronald McDonald House Ottawa, she wouldn’t have known what to do. Ronald McDonald House is what helps this family cope rather than staying in a hotel or a motel and feeling alone.

Ronald McDonald House Ottawa continues to do great things and opened two family rooms in CHEO in January; these are special rooms families can use inside the hospital during their child’s stay.  Fundraising for family rooms throughout the year include events like Ski Fest by RBC and the Freedom 55 golf tournament among other fundraising initiatives.

Other events like the RBC Canadian Open, which took place on July 22nd-28th in Oakville, Ontario, help Ronald McDonald Houses across the country through Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.

Ronald McDonald House Ottawa truly is the house that love built and continues to build. Volunteers are always welcome as are donations. You can check out the wish list page on the Ronald McDonald House Ottawa website!

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Thank you to the staff, volunteers and parents of Ronald McDonald House Ottawa for allowing us to take this special tour and share our experience with our readers!



Disclosure: Sponsored post by AME on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Compensation was received for this post however opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

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