The Ronald McDonald House

The service element of our Jesuit educations doesn’t stop at the classroom. Facilitated by Jaime Yslas, the our resident Veteran Affairs representative, your GSC recently had the privilege to participate in a movie night at the local Ronald McDonald House chapter. 

“Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Western Washington & Alaska is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and a chapter of the global RMHC. Our cornerstone is the Seattle Ronald McDonald House which provides a caring “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children being treated at Seattle Children’s.” *

For the past three years, graduate students from Seattle University have been providing a bit of happiness for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. A Vietnam Veteran provided some money and asked a group of student Veterans to show a movie and provide some snacks for movie nights at the House. It doesn’t take much effort to put together a crew of from two to six people to set up the theater, show the movie and clean up afterwards. The laughter of the children makes every bit of effort worthwhile.

The Seattle University Veterans Committee has taken the lead in setting up these movie nights, but they have been assisted by others groups such as the Major General Patrick H. Brady Battalion of the Seattle University ROTC. This year, members of the Graduate Student Council have stepped in and brought in groups like the LEAD Team and the local chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honors society to participate in the movie nights.

RMH - Jaime Yslas

 Jaime Yslas with Derek Mapes,
Air Force Veteran & SU MBA candidate

* The opening paragraph, from the website of RMHC Seattle describes a place that does its best to provide a haven of comfort for families in crisis. The Graduate Student Council is partnering with the student Veterans of Seattle University in showing compassion and care in keeping with the best traditions of this university.


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