Photograph by: Carol Stewart
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
hese are big shoes to fill. in 2011—more than 4,000 overnight stays.
A small staff—supplemented by many a Demand increases in tandem with the Upstate’s
big-hearted volunteer—operates Greenville’s growing reputation for exceptional pediatric care;
Ronald McDonald House. Here in “the house expansion plans are underway to add a dozen
that love built,” they’re carrying on a legacy of suites to the 10,000-square-foot House, which
hope, a lightening of the load when a parent’s heart currently comprises 12 bedrooms with private
is made heavy by fear, uncertainty or doubt. baths, a living room, dining room, playroom,
double kitchen and laundry facilities as well as an
More than temporary housing for families with outdoor patio and playground.
hospitalized children, Ronald McDonald House
is a refuge, a safe haven. “We are a home away Funding is provided by corporate, civic and
706 Grove Road, Greenville
864.235.0506 from home,” says Chief Development Officer Marti individual donations; McDonald’s owner/operators;
Spencer. “We help parents withstand the strain of and a variety of local fundraising events.
a child’s medical crisis.” “This is a place of hope,” Marti says.
The Grove Road facility hosted over 300 families
66 behind the counter | 2012