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.
Supporting families of South Dakota and Beyond since December of 1983
The emotional exhaustion of being in the hospital room with your child from morning to night, the stress of being far away from home, feeling overwhelmed by the mounting financial burden of your situation – a lot of additional stress comes along with the already difficult situation of your sick or injured child receiving critical medical care. If families are to heal, to cope, and to overcome, they must first stick together, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota makes that possible.
While RMHC cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure that all the families that stay at RMHC have the stability and resources they need to get, and keep, their child healthy and happy.
Ronald McDonald House Charities continues to accept families referred to us by our hospital and clinic partners. At this time, our houses are accepting families to house capacity, social distancing, temperature, and mask protocols are in place. All families and staff are required to follow house COVID-19 policies.
Limited Volunteer and Meals from the Heart opportunities are possible. Please contact Mary Andersen, Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
The Meals from the Heart program – was created for volunteers to provide meals for families staying with Ronald McDonald House. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com to get more information on our Meals from the Heart program.
POP TABS and Food donations are accepted at each location.