Our House is filled with more than support, it’s filled with hope.
Since 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton® has provided a home-away-from-home for families with 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.
The trauma and stress associated with having children with serious illnesses or injuries impacts both families and friends. This can include worries over medical decisions, the costs of prolonged medical treatment, being disconnected from home and guilt of not being with other children or family members, absenteeism from work, and anxiety from negotiating a patient’s insurance coverage or lack thereof.
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.
In addition to daily home-cooked meals and a fully stocked kitchen, we also provide amenities such as laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, internet accessible computers, and personal care items to our guests. Our common areas for parents and siblings are available so the whole family can stay together at the House during their time of crisis. RMHC Dayton provides a home-like atmosphere where parents can have respite and revitalize themselves while being available to their children at a moment’s notice.