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Our Core Programs

We believe when a child is sick, the entire family needs comfort and support and should be fully involved with health care providers about the care and services their child receives.

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More than a place to stay

Through these core programs, RMHC and its network of local Chapters provide so much more than shelter for families with children who need to travel for medical care.

  • Nutritious meal programs fill a gap experienced by many of our House and Family Room guests
  • Education programs offer needed lessons for outpatients and siblings who are missing school
  • Services such as peer support, sibling resources, and activities, enhance each family’s experience at many Houses and Family Rooms
  • Clinical service providers partner to provide medical and dental care in vulnerable communities

The needs of families dealing with sick children go far beyond medical care. By fulfilling those needs, parents are free to care for and love their child. That is what your donation pays for.

More than a place to stay

Through these core programs, RMHC and its network of local Chapters provide so much more than shelter for families with children who need to travel for medical care.

  • Nutritious meal programs fill a gap experienced by many of our House and Family Room guests
  • Education programs offer needed lessons for outpatients and siblings who are missing school
  • Services such as peer support, sibling resources, and activities, enhance each family’s experience at many Houses and Family Rooms
  • Clinical service providers partner to provide medical and dental care in vulnerable communities

The needs of families dealing with sick children go far beyond medical care. By fulfilling those needs, parents are free to care for and love their child. That is what your donation pays for.

RMHC family, daughter on bike with Alabama RMHC license plate, mom sitting at play table in soft focus background

An international survey of 530 hospital leaders in 16 countries with Ronald McDonald House program affiliations found that most leaders believed that caring for the whole family promotes better health care for pediatric patients.1

1Lantz PM, Rubin N, Mauery DR. Hospital leadership perspectives on the contributions of Ronald McDonald Houses: Results from an international survey. Journal of Health Organization and Management. 2015:29(3):281-392

Our local Chapters span 65 countries and regions around the world:

Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Programs

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Mercator Projection world map dotted with red and grey hexagons indicating House program locations and regions serviced
Mercator Projection world map dotted with blue and grey hexagons indicating Family Room program locations and regions serviced
Mercator Projection world map dotted with yellow and grey hexagons indicating Care Mobile program locations in the regions serviced

375+ Ronald McDonald House Programs

are a home away from home that provide comfort, support and resources to families who travel far from home for the medical care their child needs.
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260+ Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs

provide comfort to families right in the hospital, giving them a private place to relax or decompress.
A hospital's Ronald McDonald Family Room common area, two beige armchairs and coffee table in foreground and kitchen, fresh fruit, wall art, and hospital phone in background

50+ Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Programs

bring medical, dental, and health care resources to underserved communities where they’re needed the most.
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We support millions of children and their families annually worldwide.

Our network is big. Our hearts are bigger. The vital resources and compassionate care we provide give families the ability to spend more time with their sick children, interact with their doctors, and make important decisions about their children’s care. RMHC and its Chapters are committed to working collaboratively with families and local and national children’s healthcare providers to advance family-centered care and support services worldwide.

“Research says, hospital leaders worldwide believe Ronald McDonald House programs reduce parental stress and help families cope.”

(Lantz, et al., Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2015)

We reduce emotional and physical added burdens, so parents can focus on what matters most.

Families with sick children bear a lot of stress— long drives for treatment, additional hotel and meal costs, lost jobs and worried siblings. No matter where in the world they live, no family should have to experience these burdens as additional stress. RMHC programs help alleviate some of those burdens and replace their unbearable stress with welcomed peace of mind.
  • 2.5 Million Overnight stays to families with sick children in 2018
  • $930 Million Out-of-pocket savings on food and lodging for families in 2018
  • 536,000 Volunteers support the RMHC mission worldwide


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Help us continue to support families throughout the world.

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