Ronald McDonald House Charities

The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 1974, after recognizing the need for parents to stay close to their hospitalized child. As they opened more House programs around the world, it became clear that caring for the family of a sick child was as important as caring for the child.

That was the beginning of their unique role as a children’s charity, enabling, supporting and facilitating family-centered care. The Ronald McDonald House programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs. Ronald McDonald Family Room programs offer a quiet respite for all families right in the hospital. And Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs bring fundamental medical and dental care to underserved communities.