19 May A Testament to Hope
Much has changed since we began this 40th anniversary annual report. The world is a different place today, we’ve all witnessed how this pandemic is impacting our families, communities and our daily way of life. But Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a testament to hope, and these last few months have proven once again that the House that Love Built 40 years ago is as resilient and capable as ever.
I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we have seen since COVID-19 became part of our lives. The generosity of our donors ensures we are able to keep families together even during this crisis, offering them a place to rest and replenish so that they can meet their own health challenges with strength.
In fact, it is strength that these pages reflect — strength of will, dedication, spirit and resolve. From the families we’ve served over the years to the staff, volunteers and donors who’ve made it possible, these 40 years bear witness to fortitude.
When we began in 1979, we had one House with eight bedrooms that helped keep 352 families together. Today, our two Houses provide 81 bedrooms that in 2019 served 3,518 families.
Also in 2019 with your help, Atlanta RMHC:
- Served families from 39 U.S. states and 144 Georgia counties
- Helped families save $4.6 million in lodging and meal costs
- Hosted 40,170 family visits at our Ronald McDonald Family Room at Scottish Rite
- Treated 766 children at 11 metro public schools with our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, more than doubling the number of students served in 2018
To our community of leaders, donors and volunteers who give selflessly in good and bad times, thank you. You are the family behind our families, ensuring this organization thrives so that they can have a home away from home.
As we remember the past and look ahead, I hope you’ll be inspired by the happiness, support, confidence and optimism your diligence has consistently provided through the years. More than ever before, I am honored to stand beside you and serve with you as we move forward in love and purpose, offering comfort and hope for better tomorrows.
President & CEO