A Home Filled with Hope
When a child is seriously ill, families’ lives are turned upside down. Life is put on hold; soccer games and ballet lessons take a back seat. Many families travel hundreds of miles, and spend weeks or months getting treatment – because nothing is more important than getting their child the treatment he or she needs. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families while their children undergo treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital or the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC).
With our facilities in Anchorage and Seattle, we can accommodate 114 families who have a seriously ill child. In addition to providing housing, our facilities offer stocked common pantries, laundry machines, linens and towels, toiletries, paper products, and all the other items that make a House a home. At our Seattle House, we also offer meals through our volunteer dinner groups, activities and outings for kids, visits from certified therapy dogs, and many other services. The House is so much more than a place to stay; it is a community.
RMHC at ANMC
The Ronald McDonald House at the Alaska Native Medical Center opened in January 2017. The facility has 34 rooms, which primarily serve pediatric patients and new mothers receiving care at ANMC. In addition to our House at the Alaska Native Medical Center, we provide a vital transportation service for families who come from across the state to access medical care. Our van service began in 2008 and drives families to the hospital, doctor’s appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, and more.
The Seattle House
The Seattle Ronald McDonald House started in 1983 with just 20 rooms. Since then, we have grown to provide over 28,000 nights of housing to nearly 500 families per year. We typically operate at 97% capacity year-round. In 2003, we built two new facilities, including a self-contained apartment unit for bone marrow transplant patients. The renovation quadrupled the House’s capacity, so we can serve up to 80 families per night. While the majority of our patients come from Western Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, we serve any family whose child is receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital, including out of state and international patients.
Our Ronald McDonald Houses are part of the global network of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Together, RMHC chapters are helping to lessen the burden for nine million families around the globe every year.
Come see our facility in Seattle and learn about the work we do! We offer free tours of our House to the public on the first Wednesday of every month. If interested in attending, please arrive at 9:00 AM on the day of. There is no need to sign-up. In consideration of the children’s compromised immunity, you must be at least 13 years old and healthy (no colds please). Teens age 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult.