Children & Youth,
Children & Youth Services,
Patient & Family Support
Mission: RMHC''s cornerstone Ronald McDonald Houses provide temporary housing for the families of critically ill children being treated at local hospitals. Many of these families have traveled long distances and face extended stays in our area. The Houses make it possible for families to stay together during a time of crisis, and for parents to focus on their sick child without having to worry about how or where they will sleep or eat. In addition to having their basic needs met, families also draw strength from having the opportunity to share their experience with other families in similar circumstances. In our Houses these families find a warm, understanding, and supportive refuge. Parents and other caregivers also spend many hours at the hospital with their children. The Ronald McDonald Family Room ® at Children''s National Medical Center is a quiet haven within the hospital where parents and other caregivers, often anxious and overwhelmed, can go to rest and regroup. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile ®, operated in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital, helps to ensure that under-served children in our community have access to quality medical care. Finally, through our Grants and Scholarships Programs, RMHC is pleased to be able to support other local nonprofits with programs that benefit children and to provide college scholarships to young adults helping them to reach their full potential.
Results: The new Washington, D.C. Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in December 2010 and serves patients from Children’s National Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and several other area hospitals. The 26-bedrooms House includes common family and support areas, a family kitchen and dining room, a family library and computer room, a family laundry room. Our newest Home-Away-From-Home also offers special isolation suites for our most immune-compromised patients. Ronald McDonald Houses are supported by volunteers and staff, but more importantly, the Houses continue to be a quiet refuge where families in similar circumstances can support and comfort each other.
The original Washington Ronald McDonald House opened it’s doors in June of 1980, and was the sixteenth House to open in the six years since the program began. Over thirty years it was a home-away-from-home for more than 14,000 families of critically ill children. Although the nearly one hundred-year-old Spanish colonial had served our purposes well, it no longer met the space or functional needs of our growing number of families. In 2006, a Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds to build the new House located on 14th Street NE.
Geographic areas served: Parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and all of D.C.
Programs: Ronald McDonald Houses: RMHC of Greater Washington DC operates two Houses, one in DC and the other in Northern Virginia. The Houses provide a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children who have traveled to this area to receive treatment at local hospitals.The DC House serves Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and several other area hospitals. The House in Northern Virginia is located on the grounds of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Since opening their doors, the two Houses have together served almost 17,000 families.Ronald McDonald Family Room: Located in Children's National Medical Center, the Family Room is a place of respite where families can go to have a cup of coffee, read, check email, or just rest - away from the often stressful hospital environment but just steps from their child.Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Operated in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital, the care mobile is a medical clinic on wheels providing care to uninsured and under-served children in DC.Outreach Program: RMHC provides grants to other area non-profits with programs that benefit children.In addition, each year RMHC awards scholarships to area high school seniors for their freshman year of college. Funding for our outreach programs is derived solely from donations made annually on World Children's Day. All other funds raised from the community are used for Ronald McDonald House programs and services.