At RMH, each family receives a room, that contains two double beds and a bathroom. The Cleveland RMH is currently expanding to 54 rooms, to be able to accommodate even more who request to stay.
|Our room...with extra mattress|
|One of the family areas|
|The laundry room|
|Family fridges and freezers|
|Part of the dining room; piano in the back|
|The entrance to the dining room|
Families at RMH have children with varied medical needs. One little tyke needs 5 organ transplants, and has been here nearly a year. An 8 year old received a heart transplant. There are kids with cancer, from out of state and out of the country, many for BMT. There are also several families with children in the ICU.
|Playing outside with new friends!|
|Joseph and Yassar. He is 12 and was my neighbor at Rainbow, as he also has cancer. He is from Saudi Arabia, here with only his dad. He barely speaks English, but always has a smile!|
|Foosball with Yassar;|
|Rachel, David and Walker- who received a heart transplant|
There are many ways you can help RMH. Volunteers my family met represented restaurants, businesses college groups, churches, and individuals.
Here are just a few ideas...
My dad's company has volunteered at RMH for many years. They go in with simple manpower; their projects have included painting, renovation, yard work, and simply house cleaning.
Many groups and individuals make meals. They make use of the full kitchen facilities of RMH. Some meals are simple, others fancy, but all fill the universal need for nourishment. One group had a "Ballpark Feast" with hot dogs and the like. One lady single-handedly made custom salads for each guest. The "Lovely Lunch Ladies" made a full Easter dinner! "Home-style Dinners" was meatloaf, potatoes, and strawberry shortcake. Our church made chicken, potatoes, salad and brownies. Most of the college groups made Mexican tacos. All leftovers are put in the communal fridge, so that families can use them later. There is no limit to what you can make! It is a blessing not to have to think about cooking meals for the family, when there is so much going on medically. And for patients like me, who dislike the hospital food, my family would bring some of the leftovers, which I could eat.
- Every Thursday night a couple Case students came to RMH. They came simply to entertain the kids there, playing board games for a couple hours.
- Periodically, groups from Ashland University came with activities Once they had egg dying, another time tie-dye t-shirts. Entertaining the kids for a few hours also gives parents a bit of a break!
|Games for the big...Catan|
|And the small...Chutes and Ladders!|
- Money isn't the only thing you can donate! However, if you do eat at McDonalds, they always have a donation box- just drop your change in!
- Books and DVDs- they have a library collection.
- Toys- one boy asked for toys and games for RMH, in lieu of birthday gifts for himself.
- Handmade items-quilts, hats, pillowcases...small gifts that show someone cares.
|The kids with our adopted grandparent, the Abbots|
|David and John making puzzles|
|The benefit of homeschooling-you can do it anywhere!|
|And your teacher is always with you...|
|Simply having fun!|