(From left) Palo Alto Mayor Patrick Burt, House residents Tenasha Carter and Samuel Akpan, Ronald McDonald, RMHS Board President Karen Boyd, and RMHS CEO Annette Eros welcome families to the new 67-room Arrillaga Family Center.
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WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Arrillaga Family Center at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Together We Help Hope Grow

Preparing the new House for our families to move into was a huge undertaking. Once the construction crews finished their work, supplies needed to be moved from our original House, storage rooms stocked, bedrooms cleaned and prepared and countless other last-minute projects completed. 

At times, the additional workload seemed overwhelming given the aggressive move-in date. In the end, a number of local companies stepped up to offer their time and labor to help us meet our deadline and open our wonderful new expansion to more families than ever.

On behalf of the House staff and the families we serve, we extend our sincere appreciation to the following companies and their employees who graciously volunteered their time and energy to help us welcome 67 families to the new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford:
ADPi Sorority - Santa Clara University
Betts Recruiting
BPR Properties
First Tech Federal Credit Union
Monolith Materials
Calling all Sports Lovers!
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Our friends over at premier fitness retailers On Your Mark Performance are offering free gait analysis and equipment consultation along with a very generous 20 percent discount on everything you need for your chosen sport!

Please be sure when visiting the store to mention that you support TEAM Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Every member of our extended House community (whether a Team RMHS member or someone just rooting for Team) will receive a free pair of technical material, breathable sport socks. 

Visit On Your Mark today!

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a message from

Dear Friend of the House,

Hope has grown at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford with the Grand Opening of our new 52,000-square-foot expansion. Since we broke ground on our expansion two years ago, we have reached numerous milestones and shared many accomplishments all aimed at creating additional capacity at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford for families that need our help. Along the way we've faced unforeseen challenges, witnessed incredible and heartfelt generosity, and forged fantastic partnerships. The entire process, from ground breaking to ribbon-cutting, has been energizing and fulfilling. Yet, of all the emotions and experiences involved, nothing has been more satisfying than witnessing families move over to the new Arrillaga Family Center and breathe life into our new building. 

Within three short hours, 47 families moved from our original House to our new space and instantly transformed the building into a beautiful home-away-from-home. Suddenly, activity rooms became alive with laughter, cupboards were stocked with food, and washing machines were filled with their first loads of laundry. The ease at which families transitioned to the new House was remarkable, and it was only a matter of days until the entire facility was filled to capacity.

In the weeks since then, it has become increasingly apparent from our families' comments and expressions that the years of thoughtful planning and preparation have paid off. We have introduced numerous improvements to enhance the family experience and it is wonderful to see our guests benefit from these new developments. 

We have many partners to thank for believing in our vision and contributing valuable resources toward our project. We're thrilled to share that we successfully surpassed our ambitious $40.5 million capital campaign fundraising goal before our Grand Opening and owe this success to our generous community for responding to our requests for support. Equally valuable to the funds generated were the in-kind resources, professional services, and volunteer hours contributed to this project. The results of our collective efforts have vastly exceeded our expectations, just as the expansion process from start to finish has, at times, seemed miraculous.

On behalf of the families living at the House today and for many years to come, we offer gratitude for your personal commitment to our cause and consider ourselves privileged to thrive with the continued and generous support of our local community.

Annette Eros
Chief Executive Officer
There's Still Time for Team RMHS!
Reach your fitness goals and help the House

Are you ready for a new challenge?

To ensure success in meeting each individual's training goals, we've joined forces with the Children's Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center at Stanford Children's Health to offer a season's worth of professional training. This expert team will be on hand with training plans, advice and education sessions to help you train to complete the Big Sur Half Marathon on November 13, 2016 in beautiful Monterey, CA.

All Team participants benefit from our comprehensive 18-week training program for runners and walkers that includes:
  • Professional training complete with
    • Macrocycle Training Guide
    • Training Calendar
    • Physiological Assessment and Calculations
    • Nutrition Log
    • Wellness Expertise
    • Injury Prevention
  • Weekly Team training sessions
    • Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
  • Stanford sports medicine professionals available at the Team RMHS tent on race day for post-race recovery and therapy.
Team RMHS Sponsorships Are Available!
Get your business noticed and help children and families stay and heal together at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford! Click above to learn about the many benefits of becoming a Team RMHS Sponsor. 

Questions? Contact Tracey Richardson, community outreach and events manager at trichardson@rmhstanford.org, or call 650.470.6006.
Welcome to the Arrillaga Family Center!
RMHS CEO Annette Eros on opening day of the new Arrillaga Family Center  receiving a proclamation declaring RMHS Day in Palo Alto from Patrick Burt, mayor of Palo Alto

In June 2016, we opened the doors to our new 52,000-square-foot expansion and welcomed 67 families to their home. The construction project broke ground almost two years ago and we successfully completed our capital campaign goal of $40.5 million to fund the new building in May 2016. 

In addition to 67 family suites, the new facility includes a home-like kitchen and dining areas; age-specific activity rooms; great room; kids' great room; fitness center and rehabilitation room; private consultation rooms; laundry rooms; underground parking; storage and more. 
The newly opened Arrillaga Family Center at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

The House also features spectacular interior designs from 48 of the Bay Area's top interior design firms who provided nearly $3 million in pro bono services and materials to outfit the House. The design project was made possible with the vision and commitment of our design co-chairs Beth Martin and Geoff De Sousa and in partnership with the San Francisco Design Center and San Francisco Cottages & Garden. Vance Brown, Inc. served as the project's general contractor, and Kenneth Rodrigues + Partners was its architecture firm. Bob McIntire, principal at Nova Partners, provided pro bono management services.

The new building was officially named the Arrillaga Family Center in honor of Bay Area philanthropist John Arrillaga's significant contributions to the project, which started with the acquisition of the land on which it was built.

 Click to see more photos of our beautiful new home-away-from-home!
Kristin Smith - Celebrating Five Years
Kristin (left) and her sister Amy

Kristin's desire to help others began decades ago in her home state of Michigan when as a child, she watched her mother selflessly juggle caring for her sister Amy, who was born with spina bifada, and the rest of the family.

"My mother would drive one hour to the hospital in all kinds of weather to be with Amy and then drive back home in time to have dinner on the table every night," Kristin recalls. "Back then, there was no Ronald McDonald House, and my mother had to work incredibly hard and make so many sacrifices just to take care of us and be there for my sister."

In the 1980s Kristin moved to the Bay Area and started a family of her own. Once her two boys were off to college, Kristin decided to make the most of her free time. With her sister as her inspiration, she began volunteering in her community. In no time, Kristin found plenty of ways to make meaningful contributions, including baking much-sought after cookies for the Veteran's Memorial Senior Center, participating in the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program, and of course, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

During her first year at the House Kristin staffed the front desk, greeting families, and checking in visitors. After taking a brief hiatus to care for her ailing father-in-law, Kristin returned to the House and took on a new position--shuttling families to Wal-Mart once a week, a role Kristin quickly came to love.

"Driving the shuttle has been a wonderful experience, with the best part being having an opportunity to really connect with the families who are often so happy to have someone to talk to about their struggles and their triumphs," says Kristin.

Recently, Kristin celebrated five years of volunteering at the House, with four of those years as a shuttle driver. Over the years, Kristin has met families from all over the world and witnessed some amazing moments of friendship and community. One such moment that particularly stands out for Kristin is when during one ride two women offered their immediate support and friendship to an overwhelmed and frightened mom who had just checked into the House.

"This young mother had just checked in at the House and boarded the shuttle to go grab some supplies she needed. We could see that she had been crying and was really scared and upset. These two other women rallied to her side and went shopping with her. By the time they returned to the shuttle, all three were laughing and making plans together."

For Kristin, moments like these are what makes the House so special, and such a joy.
"The effect the House has on families is almost magical," says Kristin. "Because of the support and love they receive at the House, families have the time and energy they need to focus on what really matters--being together."
House Teens Develop Creative Solutions at the Design Daze Event
Click to read the Mercury News article about Design Daze at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Photo credit: LiPoChing/Bay Area News Group

Rcently, The Design Farm (DFarm), a local non-profit that cultivates entrepreneurship in teens through design thinking, hosted a Design Daze event at the House and gave teens the opportunity to channel their creative abilities to engineer solutions to their own unique challenges.

During the weekend event, teens identified specific needs that they are passionate about and designed their own solutions. Working closely with expert mentors, they developed product prototypes that were later presented to Silicon Valley VCs and executives. Awards were presented in several categories, with some successful design concepts considered for actual production via DFarm's "Teencubator".

The event was a great success, resulting in many creative and innovative products, and most importantly, happy and inspired teens!

To learn more about DFarm, visit www.thedfarm.org.
At Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can.

We rely on the generosity of donors in our community to help provide much-needed funds, goods, and services for critically ill children and families. We welcome donations of new and unused items at the House front office seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.* 

Right now, we have a special need for:

We're moved in to our beautiful new House, but still need your help to completely stock the new 67-room Arrillaga Family Center. 

Visit our Amazon.com and Target.com wishlists and make a purchase that will help us create a home-like and welcoming environment for families caring for a critically ill child.

We are especially in need of the following wishlist items:
  • Gourmia Portable Can Mini Fridge
  • Midea Compact Single Door Upright Freezer
  • Sleep Master Traveler Folding Guest Bed
  • Paper Towels
  • Ziploc Easy Open Tabs Gallon, Quart and Sandwich Bags
  • Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge
  • Plastic Forks
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Bowls
  • Paper Coffee Cups & Lids
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Hand Soap - Liquid 12ounce
  • Everyday Napkins
  • Batteries - AAA, AA
  • Cascade Gel Dishwasher 75 ounce
  • Dishwashing Liquid 9 ounce
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloths - Yellow or Green
  • Pack n Play
  • Pack n Play sheets
  • Bassinet
  • Car Seats - all ages
  • Booster Seats
  • Strollers - all ages
Also, remember that when you shop with AmazonSmile, a percentage of qualifying purchases go toward helping support House programs and services. Thank you!


Help Keep Happy Wheels Rolling!
One of our most popular outreach programs, the Happy Wheels cart provides a bit of comfort as it travels the hallways of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, bringing parents a hot beverage and snack while keeping the little ones entertained with books, fun activities, and toys. Right now, we are in special need of the following donations to help stock the Happy Wheels cart:
  • Teen Boy Gift Items
    • Comic books
    • Magazines
    • Small Lego sets
    • Headphones
    • iTunes cards
    • Toiletry items
  • 100-Calorie Snack Packs (all varieties; must be individually wrapped)
(donations accepted year-round)

House families often don't have time to sit down and enjoy a healthy lunch or snack. You can help keep busy parents and kids fueled on the go by gathering your friends or coworkers and bagging up some nutritious lunches and portable snacks and delivering them to thankful families at the House. Lunch2Go and Snack2Go are ideal group activities for volunteers under 16 years of age.

To learn more about making a donation or participating in a special volunteer opportunity, please contact Erica Lee, program coordinator, at elee@rmhstanford.org or call 650.470.6011.
*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped.