Since the first Houses were built in Alberta in 1985, we have supported tens of thousands of families. Every year, thousands will stay at one of Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses. These stays can last up to a few nights, or as long as several weeks or months at a time.
Each Ronald McDonald House has private family suites for families to rest. The Houses have open kitchens where families can sit down and share experiences over a homemade meal. The sense of community enables families to rely on each other and shore up strength when they need it the most.
Almost 70% of Canadian families live outside of a centre with a children’s hospital – meaning that they will need to travel in order to access medical care. A Ronald McDonald House will save a family hundreds to thousands of dollars on accommodation, transportation, meals, laundry, parking, and so much more. Having a Ronald McDonald House close to the hospital – as in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and soon-to-be Medicine Hat – is an important part of family-centred care.
RMHC Alberta serves families largely from across the province, from over 190 Albertan communities. From Wood Buffalo to Lethbridge, and Grand Prairie to Lloydminster, families come from all corners and corridors of Alberta to stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
Calgary: 27 suites, open 1985
Edmonton: 35 suites, open 1985
Red Deer: 11 suites, open 2012
Medicine Hat: 6 suites, open 2020