The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill offers a number of special programs to help and support families and children experiencing the challenges of illness.
It’s all part of creating a welcoming environment where families can be together and feel supported.
Raleigh Snack Stop
The Ronald McDonald Snack Stop debuted in December 2019 with the opening of a new UNC Hospitals Children’s Specialty Clinic located in Raleigh. A need was identified in the Pediatric Infusion clinic. Children and their families would be facing extremely long treatments throughout the day and having easy access to food and drink within the clinic could offer important support to families. Through the help of donors and volunteers, the House was able to set up a continuously stocked Snack Stop just steps away from patient care.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at North Carolina Children’s Hospital
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at North Carolina Children’s Hospital was created as a place where parents can find comfort so they can stay strong to support their sick child. Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children cope better. Staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to treatment plans.
We have expanded the reach of our support programming along with the growth of our facilities.
Partnerships established with other community organizations enhance the support we are able to offer to families.
The Family Support Program offers restorative, family-oriented support activities that nurture creativity and strong life skills. Targeted at those staying with us for long periods of time, this program provides creative and restoring activities, educational resources and emotional support for caregivers and siblings. Regular activities led by volunteers cover a broad range of categories including music, crafts, therapy dogs, massage, reiki, nutritional cooking, and games.