Our Impact


Because of You

Our Families Healed Together.

What an incredible year! All the challenges we’ve had over the last few years have become opportunities to step up and move to a future-focused way of supporting our families! We are thrilled to say we have succeeded in so many ways, which our 2022 Impact Report illustrates. Each result is remarkable in its own right, and when added all together, we demonstrate the needs of our families with hospitalized children are first and foremost – no matter what! But we don’t do this work alone. We are grateful for a great community, resilient families, loyal donors, devoted staff, and steady (and growing) volunteers who keep the mission moving forward. We are looking forward to 2023 and working together with you to ease the burdens our families face every day.

Ellen Carpenter
Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities West Michigan

Our Families

By the Numbers

At Ronald McDonald House Charities West Michigan, we provide a safe and comfortable place for families to stay while they care for their hospitalized child. Families travel to RMHC West Michigan from 30 miles away or more and rely on the House for their necessities including food, shelter, and rides to and from the hospital.


Cost Offset


Families Served


Nights Occupied


Nights – Longest Stay


Nights – Average Stay


Counties Served

Alisha Lambert was rushed to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where she gave premature birth to twin girls at only 23 weeks. The girls were placed in the NICU and the Lambert family looked to the Ronald McDonald House for a place to stay. The House welcomed them with open arms!

“Being away from my family and having babies in the hospital was heartbreaking and stressful. RMHC is a wonderful place with amazing people. They bring light to life when it’s hard to stay positive!”

The Lambert Family – 130 days at RMHC West Michigan

Our Supporters

By the Numbers

We are so grateful for the volunteers and donors at Ronald McDonald House Charities West Michigan! Without their hard work, dedication, and generosity, we wouldn’t be able to provide such essential amenities to the families staying here. Our goal is to make the stay for these families as comfortable and stress-free as possible. With the help of volunteers and donors, we can make that a reality.




Hours Donated by 1,200+ volunteers


Meals Prepared


Treat Batches Made


Pounds of Pop Tabs


Snack Bags

We see the benefit that RMHC gives to families. We know what it’s like to sit in the hospital worrying about the health of your child.”

– Katie Ostreko, monthly donor

Comfort & Care Cart

By the Numbers

In late 2022 we piloted our Comfort & Care Cart, sponsored by the Jandernoa Foundation, at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. For a 6-week period, RMHC West Michigan staff spent 3 hours every Friday providing 845 care and comfort items to 231 individuals at the hospital.




Activities for Patients & Caregivers


Items for Infants


Comfort Items for Adults

2022 Financials

Total Expenses: $1,180,821.78

Program Services $900,322.20 (76%)

Administration $183,105.00 (16%)

Fundraising $97,394.58 (8%)
Total Revenue: $1,653,007.59

Red Shoe Gala


At our 2022 Red Shoe Gala we recognized a few community members who made a big difference for RMHCWM families.


Total Quality Logistics LLC.

From making meals to yard work at the House to setting up this space today, they stepped up time and time again. Whenever we have a cancellation in our volunteer calendar, we know we can put out the call to Total Quality Logistics and they will answer to make sure our families don’t experience any gaps in service at the House.


Andrew Grashuis

Andrew is a three-term Board member, the founder of the Ada Chili and Beer Fest in December each year whose proceeds benefit the House, he has brought many people & companies to us as donors, volunteers and sponsors. He is genuine and passionate about helping families. We know he is a great example of what “giving back” mean. When asked what motivates him, he shrugs and says, “it’s just what you do.”

West Michigan Area McDonald’s Owner Operators

Did you know that McDonald’s Corporation provides us our license and amazing name recognition but does not provide financial support. It is this group of independent business owners who step up for the house every day through Happy Meal promotions, selling hats and drink sleeves and training their crews to ask customers to “round up for RMHC”. We can always count on them.