About Us

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton

Keeping Families Close

Since 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton® has provided a “home-away-from-home” for families, keeping them close to their hospitalized children. These children are treated for a number of different conditions such as premature birth, surgery, cancer, injury, and infection.  Premature babies, adolescents, and teens are often transferred from outlying hospitals to a more specialized care provider, such as Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Every day, our staff and volunteers welcome worried and exhausted families with open arms.  A majority of our guest families were not anticipating their visit to the House or Family Room, so we strive to meet their needs as they arise. The Ronald McDonald House can accommodate 14 overnight guest families at once. Our warm, private guest rooms and common areas provide a comforting reprieve from the hospital. The Ronald McDonald Family Room is conveniently located within Dayton Children’s Hospital, just a few steps away from a child’s bedside, and has all the amenities of the House, save for the overnight stays.

Our Mission

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for families of critically ill, hospitalized children and supports efforts that improve children’s health within our region.

Our Vision

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton is committed to improving the lives of our region’s children.

Our History

On February 1, 1980, the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton opened at 741 Valley Street. We were the 14th Ronald McDonald House established; there are now over 330 RMHC’s around the world. The House consisted of seven guest rooms, 4 ½ baths, and common areas for our guests. In 1992, the leadership of RMHC Dayton recognized that the need had outgrown the space provided. Following extensive research, in September of 1996 the Board of Trustees kicked-off a $3,200,000 capital campaign.
On November 5, 1998, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton moved to the current location at 555 Valley Street. This House has 14 overnight guest bedrooms with private baths, a spacious kitchen, large dining room, playroom, family room, laundry room, library, and other amenities. RMH is open and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our doors of compassion have never closed since opening in 1980.

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