Home away from Home

Making each house a ‘Home away from Home’

For over 24 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) New Zealand have been providing a ‘home away from home’ for over 3700 seriously ill children and their families when they require hospitalization, and can’t be treated in their own home town. For these families knowing that there is somewhere for them to retreat to during this stay is invaluable. La-Z-Boy are proud to help make this happen, by being the official providers of furniture for the Ronald McDonald Houses across all the houses in New Zealand.


‘La-Z-Boy – Synonymous with comfort’

However, for La-Z-Boy, giving to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (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. Despite if the families are staying in a self-contained apartment or in the main building, ‘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 that the sterility of hospital.


‘Keeping the family connection strong’

It is so important to have the support and connection of family when you are sick, so for a child who is ill in hospital to know that their families are close by at all times is a powerful component in the healing process. Parents with other siblings, 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’.

Having a sick child can be exhausting, so knowing that the practical and financial burden is alleviated is immeasurable, as is having the support, empathy and understanding of those in similar position to you.  There are instant connections made between the families and comfort taken, in knowing that others from all backgrounds are sharing the same journey…


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

La-Z-Boy have donated furniture to all the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) in New Zealand.  These include:

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


La-Z-Boy have supplied a variety of different products for different family needs, from the Anika Chaise rocker in the expressing room at Domain House Auckland to the Carlos suite in the family room at the Christchurch city hospital, just to name a few.

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