The 12,600-square-foot house, a former healthcare facility, provides a “home away from home” for children and their families who travel to the Valley to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries. It features 16 bedrooms, including four apartments with kitchens, for families of children with suppressed immune systems. It has a community kitchen, living room, dining room and play areas.
The $2.1 million project was made possible through private donations from individuals, foundations, corporate supporters and Valley-based McDonald’s owner/operators who have committed to provide up to $150,000 of required operating expenses for the first two years. Ronald McDonald House does not receive direct funding from the McDonald’s Corporation.
The original Ronald McDonald House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. in Phoenix. A second house opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The two Phoenix houses can accommodate up to 63 families a night. With the house at Cardon Children’s, that number rises to 79.
Families stay for days, weeks or sometimes months at a time while their children receive care. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, a non-profit organization supported by individual, corporate and foundation donations, never turns away a family if it cannot afford the $15 nightly fee.
Volunteers are welcome at all three houses. For more information, visit rmhcphoenix.com.