SROI Analysis of Ronald McDonald Houses in Italy
The RMHC’s Italian headquarters were established in 1999, and provides services through four Ronald McDonald Houses (Florence, Roma Palidoro, Roma Bellosguardo, and Brescia) and two Family Rooms in hospitals at Bologna and Alessandria. For the past 17 years RMHC has implemented programmes to support families with sick children who have to travel far from home, providing comfort, support, and resources just steps away from the hospital. Since several studies have stressed the importance of ensuring that families stay together when a child is hospitalized, RMHC has made this the centre of their activities. By applying the Family Centered Care approach, a view on caring for children that emphasizes the strengths and needs of their families, RMHC allows families to be active participants in their child’s care.