Our Home for Dinner program is a donation and volunteer experience all in one! After a long day at the hospital, families can return to the House for a home cooked meal thanks to our talented volunteer dinner groups. Home for Dinner volunteers not only cook the meal, they also plan, purchase and package up the leftover food. This important program relieves some of the stress and financial burden our families face while giving them back some time to spend together as a family. To learn more about our Home for Dinner Program and how your group can get involved, please contact us.
We provide snacks to families visiting the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Foothills Medical Centre. In 2016 alone, we provided 25,600 snacks! All snacks are packed and delivered by our amazing volunteers.
Our recreation program brings some much needed fun and a sense of normalcy to our families’ lives. Through a variety of activities offered in- and outside of the House, the rec program helps put smiles on our families’ faces.
For an hour and a half each day, parents staying at the House can take a break while their children enjoy activities such as arts and crafts and games in the Rec Room.
The busiest of our recreation offerings, our evening activity features something different every night. From art projects, to visits from special guests, to Bingo—a unanimous House favourite—these evening get-togethers give families some quality time together after a long day at the hospital.
From learning to make healthy meals the kids will actually enjoy to in-House spa and massage appointments, our parents-only Fun n’ Fuss program provides an opportunity for parents to connect and learn a new skill in the process.
When school is out, the House is filled with kids visiting their siblings. Our eight-week summer program features theme weeks packed with exciting activities to keep kids entertained. Best of all, kids have an opportunity to create happy memories during their stay. In 2016, 634 children attended 169 activities in July and August.
Our teen mentorship program is an amazing opportunity for teens staying at the House to meet and learn from mentors including professional athletes, musicians and even employees of NASA! We’re always looking for new mentors who would like to share their area of expertise. If you would like to enrich the lives of teenagers staying at the House, we’d love to hear from you!
Donated tickets to professional sports , concerts and other special events allow families to experience Calgary and have a much needed escape for the night. If you would like to donate tickets or support our Recreation Program, please contact us by calling 403-240-3000.
The medical conditions that bring families to Ronald McDonald House are scary for everyone involved.
Our Family Life Specialist provides emotional, developmental and educational support to children receiving treatment, their siblings and other family members at the House. Through group medical play and one-on-one self-expression sessions, our Family Life Specialist helps families cope and removes some of the fear and anxiety associated with the hospital and medical process. Teddy Bear Clinics (a house favourite) allows children at the House to take their teddy bears through a ‘hospital visit’, giving the children control of the medical equipment and treatments performed.