WHAT WE DO
Keeping families together to help kids heal and cope better
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon and Southwest Washington provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health.
After two years of planning, the first Oregon Ronald McDonald House opened in 1984 within walking distance of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. In 1997, two more Ronald McDonald Houses opened, one in Bend serving families who traveled for care at St. Charles Medical Center, and a second in Portland just steps away from Randall Children’s Hospital on the campus of Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
For more than three decades, our Houses have undergone remodels and relocations to meet the evolving needs of our families and to increase capacity. What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has flourished into three beautiful Houses with 56 rooms. For more than three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen, and a comfortable bed to more than 37,000 families—reminding everyone who enters our Houses that they are never alone, and here at RMHC, they are always home.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington is part of a global network of Ronald McDonald Houses and programs that serve nearly 6 million children and families annually. Since 1974, our network of local chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together – giving them a place to rest and heal. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 60 countries and regions across the globe.
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