Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support.
Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together
Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
Allow Children to Get the Best Care
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible – even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.
Services for Families
At our House, families can enjoy:
- Home-cooked meals
- Private bedrooms
- Playrooms for children
- The company of other understanding families
- A caring and compassionate staff
How Does This all Work?
The generosity of donors and volunteers make it all possible. In return, families are asked to make a donation of $15 per day for their stay, but no one is ever turned away from the House for inability to pay. If it is not possible to pay, the fee is waived.
To maintain the home-like, congenial, and co-operative spirit of the House we ask all families to follow a simple set of rules based on consideration for one another. Click here to read a listing of House Policies.