Counseling and Support Services:
We offer a variety of approaches to meet the emotional needs of families.
New Guest Orientation
Designed to orient families to the neighborhood, review House policies and familiarize guests with other provided services. Tuesdays at 6:15 PM in the conference room. Please sign up at the Front Desk.
Therapy sessions are available for each family member or caregiver. Please call Mark Roberts at 212.787.3128 to schedule an appointment or inquire through the Department of Family Support.
Therapy sessions include two or more members of a family where the family unit can resolve conflict and solve problems together. Please call Mark Roberts to schedule an appointment or inquire through the Department of Family Support>
Caregiver Support Group
Families can share experiences and emotional concerns in a professionally staffed and supportive environment. Support group meets Mondays at 6:16 PM in the chapel.
Instruction teaches mindfulness techniques and guided meditation. Please call Mark Roberts or inquire through the Department of Family Support.
Available to families who are experiencing feelings of grief and loss. Please inquire through the Department of Family Support.
The Department of Family Support is an integral part of our commitment to compassionate care for the entire family. Our professionally trained staff attend to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our families. Spiritual care is interfaith and specializes in the care of families who are dealing with cancer. We have established partnerships in ministry with the local faith community and can help you and your family connect with clergy of your own faith tradition. We are available for pastoral counseling, scripture study, healing prayer and to provide a compassionate listening presence when you are in need.
Our interfaith Chapel, located on the First Floor, through the Living Room, is available 24 hours a day as a sacred space to all who reside and work at Ronald McDonald House of New York.
Hope and Healing Prayer Service
An interfaith prayer service is offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Chapel.
Catholic Healing Mass
Celebrated Thursdays at 6:00 PM in the Chapel. Spanish Bilingual Spirituality and Support Group.Meets Wednesdays in the Chapel following the interfaith prayer service.
Sacrament of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is provided each week during the Mass.
Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation and Sacraments are offered through the Archdiocese of New York for patients and their siblings.
Electric Sabbath candles are available for your room. Please inquire at the front desk.
A Kosher refrigerator is available for food storage. Please inquire at the reception desk for a key.
A list of Kosher restaurants and delis can be obtained through the Department of Family Support.
A directory of local synagogues is available through the Department of Family Support.
Please contact Satmar Bikur Cholim at 718.387.7749, Rivkah Laufer Bikur at 212.935.2965 or Chai Lifeline at 212.699.6629.
Spiritual and Emotional Support:
A diagnosis of cancer is one of the most emotionally devastating events a family can experience. For many families, anxiety, fear and uncertainty are compounded by a need to travel far from home for treatment.
“You should never have to feel alone.”
We are here to walk with you during this difficult time. Our staff chaplains and psychologist are available to support you and your family’s spiritual and emotional needs.
"Helping to make a difficult time easier."