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Keeping Families Close to Each Other and the Care They Need.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, development, and wellbeing of children and their families. We accomplish this through the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families. We try our est to help families focus on being there for their sick children during this difficult time, rather than being consumed by the stress of paying for a hotel room near the hospital or having to cook a meal every night.
The House is busier than ever! Most nights find our 25 rooms filled. Thankfully there have only been a handful of nights with families on a waiting list this year.
Our House works so much more like a HOME when we can do more than just provide a place to stay. And we are thankful for a loving community that rallies at our time of need, including Capital Masquerade. These events are vital to keeping our doors open. Every $80 raised covers the cost of a room night, every $800 covers a family stay…truly, every dollar helps as we never ask our families to pay for any of the services we provide.
Children, whose families stay at Ronald McDonald Houses, tend to be the sickest, have traveled the furthest distances for care and spend the longest time in the hospital.
The three core programs of RMHC – the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – are focused on helping families in need. Our cornerstone Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974 in Philadelphia based on a simple idea: Provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Since that time, more than 10 million families around the world have benefited from the comfort, hope, and love provided by a Ronald McDonald House. The Albany Ronald McDonald House opened it’s doors in 1982. The now 25 bedroom house serves over 650 families per year and is supported by a team of 200 active volunteers.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room program extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House to a hospital setting. Our Family Room and Family Suite programs within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center are located just steps from the pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care units. These havens provide a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital. Over 8,000 guests sign into our Family Room each year.
Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, in partnership with St. Peters Health Care Services, provides free comprehensive dental care to underserved, underinsured or uninsured children in the Capital Region. Over 500 children receive dental care annually via this partnership.
Caregivers who stay at a Ronald McDonald House report significantly higher levels of involvement in their child’s care and more positive hospital experiences.