Thirty years ago, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington opened its doors for the very first time to the families of hospitalized children in need of a “home away from home.” For three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen and a warm bed to more than 30,000 families – reminding everyone we touch that they are never alone, and here at RMHC, they are always home.
What is a Ronald McDonald House?
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “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 the health of 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. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
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 every House, families can enjoy:
- Private bedrooms
- Playrooms for children
- Meals from the Heart (hot meals made and/or served on-site for our families)
- Coffee & Conversation (facilitated peer support group)
- Kitchen space with opportunity to cook and store personal food
- Arts & Crafts for all ages
- Chair Massages
- Shuttle Drivers
- Bingo Nights
- Therapy Dogs
- Movie Nights
- Homework Help
- Teen Room