In 1980, Dayton’s Ronald McDonald House became the 14th Ronald McDonald House established in the country. Since then, thousands of families with hospitalized babies and children have been able to utilize this home-away-from-home to stay near their ill child when they are needed most. The Ronald McDonald House provides warm and comfortable accommodations where guest families can sleep, eat home-cooked meals, take a shower, and do laundry. With the ability to accommodate 14 families for an overnight stay each evening, the House also serves multiple families throughout the day with their day guest program. The facility has common play areas for children and siblings so the whole family can stay at the House together during their time of crisis.
The services of the Ronald McDonald House help alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens families face during their child’s hospitalization; from driving the long distance to-and-from home, sleeping bedside night after night, and paying for costly hotels and meals day after day, among others. By helping to remove some of these worries, families are better able to focus on their child’s healing care. It is not only a place where parents can be available to their ill child at a moment’s notice, but they can also find needed refuge from the stresses of the hospital. The House provides an atmosphere where families in similar situations can share their hopes and concerns with one another for emotional support, and develop long-lasting friendships.
Dayton’s Ronald McDonald House serves families with children receiving pediatric treatment at any area hospital. Partner hospitals include Dayton Children’s Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hospital. This Dayton Original serves an average of 500 families each year!