Featured Volunteer: Libby

We are in the last few days of this year's National Volunteer Month! Today we would like to introduce you to Libby.

Libby, pictured here with her family, has been a Guest Services volunteer at the Peoria house since January 2020. After her family spent the majority of 2009 at the Memphis RMH she felt the Peoria House was a great opportunity for her to give back.

“Having a true home environment while dealing with a sick child was such a blessing for us. We loved having the opportunity to interact with other families who were going through similar situations. The meals and activities that happened in the evenings were great to keep us focused on the good in the world. I love seeing the smiles on the kids and the parents, as well, when I’m in the House. It’s fun getting to know each person better as they walk their own medical journey. It fills my heart more than I ever expected.”

Thank you Libby for all you do at the Peoria house!

Featured Volunteer: Sandra Beneventi

We are very grateful for all of our volunteers in Springfield and Peoria, like Sandra!

Sandra Beneventi has been a Guest Service Volunteer at the Peoria House since January 2020. When Sandra retired, she wanted to do some volunteering and being fortunate with healthy children and grandchildren she wanted to help other families. Her favorite part about volunteer at RMHC:

“I love that no two days are the same and I can pitch in and help whatever is needed that day. I also enjoy getting to know some of the families. I find their strength in what they are facing amazing.”

Hamida’s Kitchen caters a meal once a week for the families at the Peoria House!

Hamida’s Kitchen got involved with RMHC to carry on the Legacy of Nausheen’s late mother, Prof. Hamida Ahmand, who found pleasure in supporting family and friends undergoing medical treatment with accommodations and meals at their family house in India near a local hospital. They now cater a meal once a week for the families at the Peoria House. Nausheen says:

“Our favorite part about volunteering at RMHC is the interaction with numerous brave and smiling patient families, who in-spite of being in difficult circumstances, continue to find happiness and create positivity around them. In addition, the awesome staff of RMHC with their compassion and kindness, inspires us every time we are out there.”

Thank you to everyone who donates time to provide a meal for our families!

We need your help now more than ever to continue providing this source of comfort to those who call our Houses home at the moment. Here are two ways you can help!

  1. Make a donation online!
  2. Sign up to have a meal delivered to one of our two Ronald McDonald Houses

Featured Volunteer: Linda

Meet Linda! Linda is one of many volunteers at the Peoria House. She started with the organization in September 2018. Recently she joined our Guest Service volunteer team. Linda chose to volunteer with RMHC because

“Our hearts were touched by the amazing work being done at the Ronald McDonald House during our stay at St. Jude in Memphis. As a family, our desire is to give back selflessly. I feel very blessed to work with a great team that gives families much needed comfort.”

Thank you, Linda! We are so grateful to have you as one of our volunteers at our Peoria House!

Nash and his Family

Ten-year-old boys are known for being mischievous and full of life. They may spend their days running outside and then immersing themselves in hours of video games on the couch before eating dinner with their families and going to bed, only to start the process all over again the next morning.

If you were to meet Nash, you would find that he is a mischievous ten-year-old who loves video games and eating dinner with his family. Unfortunately, Nash was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is receiving treatment at the St. Jude Clinic in Peoria, which is over an hour away from his home. Thankfully, the nurses at St. Jude told Nash’s dad about Peoria Ronald McDonald House®, which is where they lived for 6 weeks while Nash received regular treatments.

Nash won the hearts of our staff and volunteers over, and he quickly became known as the House’s “resident food critic”, always chatting with our Guest Chefs while they prepared meals and sharing both his opinions and his gratitude. You could often find Nash and his dad (and mom and brother!) spending time together in the dining room, eating meals together. Nash’s dad also utilized our family kitchens in the House. He enjoys cooking and appreciated the availability of our family kitchens provide, which provided him a space to cook meals on his own schedule, whenever he wanted.

As mentioned, Nash is an avid video gamer. If he wasn’t chatting with our staff and volunteers, he could be found in our Komatsu Game Room. Quite competitive, Nash was always quick to engage other residents in a friendly competition!

Nash’s dad said, “The Ronald McDonald House has been a bright spot in our difficult journey. The staff and volunteers are positive and always eager to help out. I don’t know the donors, but I surmise they have a vision of outreach and a heart for families with children who have medical needs. Thank you!”

Over 70 Companies Make In-Kind Donations to Help Make the New Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Possible

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is proud to recognize the 75 area companies that made donations of in-kind goods and services to the Peoria Ronald McDonald House during its build and grand opening, helping to make this new service possible in the community.

“We are so grateful to these 75 companies and wish to thank them for providing hundreds of goods and services needed for our new 40,000 sq. ft. House, from paint, to installation of headboards and artwork, to furniture and room design services. The resounding support of the businesses in this community has been incredible,” says Kelly Thompson, CEO of RMHC of Central Illinois.

Following is a list of the in-kind donors to the Peoria Ronald McDonald House:

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Local Art Pieces Brighten Smiles and Spaces

In January, we told you about Seventeen-year-old Jonathan, the very first guest to stay at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. He experienced firsthand what a healing environment can do for his health. His dad recently told us that Jonathan's numbers tracked for his illness have been improving since moving into Ronald McDonald House, and that Jonathan is producing hemoglobin for the first time in three months!

Well, Jonathan has been raving about some of the incredible art located throughout the Peoria House too! He even has a favorite, “Pollinators Delight,” which features a series of honeybee macro images hanging just outside the kitchen and dining area.

Thank you to the many local and regional artists who have helped make the Peoria House a place of comfort and support for our families in need.

And thank you to the many volunteers, including some of the artists pictured here, who spent hours hanging the artwork in the House before we opened!

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Peoria House to Host a Chamber “Business Before Hours” – February 25, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is Hosting Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business Before Hours" on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Come enjoy a continental breakfast, tour our House, and discover how we partner with the community to extend compassionate care to families when catastrophe strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.

Parking is available in our parking lot across Spalding Ave. We look forward to welcoming you to our House bright and early!

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is hosting Business Before Hours on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

First Guests for Peoria House – Jonathan

During his recent 70-day stay in the hospital, it was sometimes hard for 17-year-old Jonathan to rest with the continuous beeping of machines in his hospital room. Today, he moved into the Dax Wing of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® which gives him and his father the opportunity to relax in a private suite away from the noise, even just for a bit. With enough space for his entire family, he looks forward to a holiday season filled with family and friends in the comforts of the Peoria House. And that’s all possible because of our amazing donors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you central Illinois!
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