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About Us

We believe when families are together, they cope better. We believe no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone.

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Our Mission

The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Our Mission

The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

An RMHC family enjoying time together in a common area; mother with children, hugging one son holding a balloon as another sits
An RMHC family enjoying time outside, a father raising his child in the air as they smile at one another

Our Vision

A world where all children have access to medical care and their families are supported and actively involved in their children’s care.

Keeping children and their families together since 1974

Our 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 we 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 our unique role as a children’s charity, enabling, supporting and facilitating family-centered care. Our 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.

Keeping children and their families together since 1974

Our 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 we 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 our unique role as a children’s charity, enabling, supporting and facilitating family-centered care. Our 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.

RMHC provides more than 2.5 million overnight stays each year, helping families save over $930 million in hotel and meal expenses.

An RMHC family, the Acostas, with parents kissing their smiling child in glasses

An RMHC family, the Kerres, smile for the camera, right to left, Adam and Johnna holding their infant son Everett

When you get involved, families everywhere benefit

We believe that no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone. Your participation with RMHC can make a big difference whether it’s holding a fundraiser for our global organization or volunteering your time with one of our local Chapters. Together, we can impact the lives of many. Join us.

Learn how to get involved

With your generosity, we can continue to help our Chapters expand their reach and ensure even more families are supported throughout the world.

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