RMHC SWFL Begins Welcoming Families after a 10-month COVID-19 Hiatus

FORT MYERS, FL (February 23, 2021) Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southwest Florida (RMHC SWFL) announces that after closing its doors in April 2020 due to COVID-19, it has begun welcoming families back this month at 25% capacity. The charity, which provides free-of-charge housing and related services to families with hospitalized children, has begun executing a four-phase reentry plan focusing on serving families while ensuring the highest safety. In conformance with the CDC and other safety requirements, capacity in the House will increase to 50%, 75%, and 100%, in phases two, three, and four respectively. Stringent safety precautions include:

Air Purifiers: RMHC SWFL thanks Dr. Tom Sievert with Sievert Chiropractic Clinic in Fort Myers for generously donating ten Vollara brand air purifiers for the House.

Masks and Social Distancing: All staff and families must wear a face mask while in the House. Most common areas are restricted for the time being, and laundry times are being scheduled.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: RMHC SWFL thanks Wexford Labs, Inc., a global donor for RMHC®, for donating cleaning and sanitizing supplies to aid in the House’s upkeep.

Wellness Checks: A checklist of individual wellness questions will be asked of all employees, families, and essential visitors before entering the House. Daily temperature screenings will also occur.

Meal Service: Meals will be individually packaged and delivered to guest rooms. All guest rooms are equipped with mini-refrigerators for storage.

“We are thrilled to have begun welcoming back families to our House at 25% capacity,” said Laura Ragain, Executive Director. “Our four-phase reopening plan requires strict compliance with CDC and other protocols with the safety of our residents and staff of primary concern. We will resume 100% capacity and full operations as soon as possible,” Ragain added.

Philanthropy funds 100% of Ronald McDonald House operations and is vital now more than ever. For several recurring, naming, and one-time donation opportunities to support our families, please contact Karen Zelden at 239-437-0202 or kindly visit https://rmhcswfl.org/

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida is to create, find, and support programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children and their families in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties. RMHC SWFL supports The Ronald McDonald House®, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program, and The Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information about RMHC SWFL, visit www.rmhcswfl.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rmhcswfl.