Our House

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Photos: Mirza Kudic 

Our home is filled with more than help, it’s filled with hope

Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. The Ronald McDonald House is that home for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

Our House was 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. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.

The Ronald McDonald House near Blank Children’s Hospital is located on the corner of 15th and Pleasant at 1441 Pleasant St. Our 18-bedroom facility keeps families close to their children in Des Moines area medical facilities. The Ronald McDonald House at MercyOne Children’s Hospital is located in MercyOne Medical Center at 1111 6th Ave. This 14 bedroom facility serves families just steps away from their children, right inside the hospital walls.

Please contact your nurse or social worker to make arrangements.

Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together

Families are stronger when they are together. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.

Allow Children to Get the Best Care

When your child is sick, you want the best care possible – even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.

Services for Families

At every House, families can enjoy:

  • Home-cooked meals
  • Private bedrooms
  • Playrooms for children

The generosity of volunteers and donors make it all possible. In return, families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation up to $25 per day, depending on the House. The RMHC Global Policy is that families are never turned away; if it’s not possible to pay, the fee is waived.