Feature: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga
My Town Tuesday is our summer series highlighting local nonprofits and the work that they’re doing around Chattanooga. This is our last My Town Tuesday of the summer! We have loved speaking with and spotlighting some of the great unsung heroes of our community.
This week, I spoke with Victoria Tropiano, Communications Coordinator of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is well-known around the world for their support of families who are experiencing the sickness of a child. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families to stay in while their child is staying in a hospital. In Chattanooga, the home is across the street from Erlanger Hospital.
The Chattanooga Chapter has 26 rooms for families to stay in and provides housing to families who have a child in the hospital 21 years of age or younger and live fifteen or more miles from the hospital.
“Many of our families have preemie babies that were unexpectedly born. Some have children with serious injuries. Our goal is to provide a nurturing and homelike environment for the families that stay here. We want to make it feel like a comforting community,” said Tropiano.
RMHC of Greater Chattanooga does more than just provide housing, however. They serve families hot meals after long days spent in the hospital, stock a “Help Yourself Kitchen,” and provide friendship and emotional support for families.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a family go home with their child,” Tropiano said. “Sometimes it’s a short amount of time, usually it’s around eighteen days, sometimes it’s over a year that they’re staying here.”
If you are interested in helping out RMHC of Greater Chattanooga, there are many ways to get involved. The organization is always in need of donations and volunteers. You can visit their website here for more information.