To:            All Friends and Supporters to Ronald McDonald House
From:       Kevin Miles, Executive Director
RE:           COVID-19 Directives
Date:        March 18, 2020

As you know, Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota provides housing for families of ill or injured children in a communal living setting. It is critical to maintain a safe and sanitary environment in order to protect the health of families, employees, volunteers, visitors or others to help delay the community spread of COVID-19.

As we monitor the changing facts and information regarding COVID-19 with great concern, we have been in close contact with our RMHC Global Offices to ensure a proactive response.  On March 13th, RMHC South Dakota made the decision to suspend all-volunteer activity and non-essential visitors to our two Ronald McDonald Houses near Avera and Sanford Hospitals until Monday, April 15th, 2020.

Today it was the decision of RMHC Global to implement the following directive:

In response to the need for individual and civic duty to the health and well-being of people around the globe, RMHC has made decisions that impact operations of the three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

  • RMHC Global is issuing a directive for all Chapters to suspend accepting new families into the Ronald McDonald House program beginning Saturday, March 21 for a period of no less than 21 days. The 21-day suspension will be re-assessed periodically, and further advisement will follow. Families currently staying at a House may remain, as long as the management structure is able to sustain operations. As guest families checkout of the House, guest rooms will remain open.

We will continue to evaluate the impact of the entire situation on our organization as the health and safety of our families, employees, and volunteers is our top priority.