The Bravo family stayed at the House for three weeks in 2009 while baby Yaretzi had to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They couldn’t afford to make the drive from Holland each day or to stay in a hotel, but they found a home at the Ronald McDonald House.
“We were going through a very rough time — our baby was between life and death — but the House let us to stay together as a family and helped us stay strong. It was amazing. I don’t even have words to describe the difference it made. It was beyond what I expected.
The rooms were like a hotel, and the common areas made it easy to interact with other families. They had passes for Frederik Meijer Gardens, the John Ball Zoo and the Public Museum, which helped us relax for a little while. We had a nice place to sleep instead of on couches in a hospital. Knowing I had a safe place for my kids took a huge weight off my shoulders.
The volunteers make it possible. They offer their time to give guests the little comforts like cookies, food, and a clean room. One of the staff members even made a blanket for my baby on her own time. They do it out of the goodness of their hearts.
I am glad to have my baby home now. It was a hard time, but it would’ve been even harder without the House. I can’t begin to describe what a great experience it was for us.”
~ Christina Bravo