A Message from Executive Director Beth Trunfio
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has worked closely with state and local officials, community partners and area hospitals to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority has remained the health and well-being of our guest families and staff.
In an abundance of caution, and based on input from our local hospital partners, the Onondaga County Health Department and the Global Ronald McDonald House Charities, we made the difficult decision to temporarily close the CNY Ronald McDonald House to guest families in early April to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19.
For over 37 years, we have been committed to providing a comforting space for families with seriously ill or injured children seeking treatment at nearby hospitals in the Syracuse area. Rest assured our mission has not changed.
Even with our House temporarily closed to guest families, we were able to offer an additional seven weeks of services for those that were residing with us at the onset of the pandemic. We made alternative arrangements for accommodations with a local hotel partner. In partnership with the hotel, RMHC of CNY covered the hotel stay and provided daily meal vouchers.
Our staff continues to work remotely and coordinate with guest families, hospital partners, volunteers and donors.
While we believe that temporarily closing our House was the most responsible way to help protect our guest families, it presented us with a unique opportunity to contribute to the local fight against COVID-19.
In mid-April, RMHC of CNY temporarily shifted its program care model to support front-line health care professionals. We worked with our partners at Upstate University Hospital to repurpose the CNY Ronald McDonald House to provide emergency sleep accommodations for their health care professionals who are tirelessly working the front lines of this pandemic. We are proud to be able to provide them with a place of respite, and it is our profound privilege to be working together with Upstate University Hospital through this crisis and beyond.
We look forward to the future when we can fully reopen our doors to new guest families and continue to provide compassionate care as we have for many decades.
If you are looking for a way to support the CNY Ronald McDonald House during this time, you can make a donation online through our secure website or support our “Give From Home” virtual fundraising campaign.
Thank you for your ongoing support!