RMH-SF Kicks Off New Parent Support Program in Oakland
Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland are teaming up for a new parent support program at the hospital
December 1, 2014 – Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco recently kicked off a new Parent Support Program inside UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland, marking the first Ronald McDonald House program in the East Bay. Over the course of the evening, RMH-SF staff and volunteers served Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 200 parents and an additional 50-75 Children’s Hospital staff.
Parent Support Events were developed in collaboration with UCSF’s Benioff’s Family Advisory Council (FAC) to help parents of critically ill children get to know each other and build a supportive community within the hospital. These peer support events include a warm meal and supportive conversation, during which House and UCSF staff, including social workers and Child Life specialists, are available to assist parents.
RMH-SF is grateful for the opportunity to extend this program to families in the East Bay in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Through just this first kick-off dinner, RMH-SF received an overwhelmingly positive response from parents, FAC members, and Children’s Hospital staff.
“It was amazing to see so many people come together to give as well as receive. We shared over 190 meals with families at the hospital,” said Laura Fitch, FAC Co-Chair. “As someone who has spent time there with my own kid, I remember those moments of connection and how much they meant. We gave out a lot of pie last night but I think we gave out something much sweeter.”
We look forward to continuing to serve families in the East Bay through these special dinners in the months to come.