Home away from Home

Making each house a ‘Home away from Home’

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) New Zealand gives families the support they need when their child is in a New Zealand hospital away from home. Each year RMHC offer 4,300 families accommodation and support free of charge.  This helps to relieve stresses like paying for a place to sleep near the hospital, organising family meals and needing a friendly ear to listen on tough days.

La-Z-Boy is proud to help make this happen, by being one of the official providers of furniture for the Ronald McDonald Houses across New Zealand.


‘La-Z-Boy – Synonymous with comfort’

However, for La-Z-Boy, giving to RMHC means so much more than just providing comfortable furniture. To La-Z-Boy it means being able to provide an opportunity for families to spend time together in a calming and relaxing environment. Right from the early days of La-Z-Boy, the founders of La-Z-Boy Edwin Shoemaker and Edward Knabusch felt it was important to give back to the community – and their legacy holds true all these years later, with La-Z-Boy supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses across the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


‘Doing everyday things, in an everyday environment’

When you are in a Ronald McDonald House, you are provided with space to be a family and do things you would normally do at home. At all RMHC programmes, ‘kids can be kids’, whether that is cuddling up on the sofa to watch television, sitting in a chair playing games, doing homework or sharing a meal as a family. The Houses provide the opportunity to do everyday things, in an environment that is more relaxing than the sterility of a hospital.

Parents with other children, will find everything from expressing rooms to cinema rooms (in some Houses), meaning that they are as comfortable as possible in their ‘home-away-from-home’.


‘Keeping the family connection strong’

It is so important to have the support and connection of family when you are in hospital, so for children going through treatment, sometimes the best medicine of all is having family nearby. Families who stay with Ronald McDonald House Charities, have more time to spend with their child, interact with their doctors, and make important decisions about their child’s care together. 

As well as helping families with the practical things in life while their child is in a hospital away from home, RMHC also offers support. Staff are always ready with a friendly, empathic ear, and families make instant and long lasting connections with each other. Having the understanding of people in a similar position can be comforting.


How has La-Z-Boy supported the Ronald McDonald Charities:

La-Z-Boy has donated furniture to all the RMHC programmes in New Zealand. These include:

  • Domain House, Auckland
  • Grafton Mews, Auckland
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room®, Auckland
  • Ronald McDonald House, Wellington
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room, Christchurch
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room, Invercargill

La-Z-Boy looks forward to supporting this very special organisation now and well into the future!