Ronald McDonald House – Chicago Ave »
“You be there for them; we’ll be there for you.”
The Ronald McDonald House – Chicago Avenue serves families with children receiving treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. It is adjacent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and is our first Ronald McDonald House located inside a hospital, as well as the first program of its kind in the state of Minnesota.
“We believe when children are ill, any distance from their side is too far.”
Since opening in November 2010, this program has served over 2,000 families. When this program was implemented, extending service to our local community was a priority. As a result, there is no mileage restriction determining eligibility of families – all families with a child in an ICU are welcome. 75% of families supported by this program are local. We are proud to be supporting our community through this program, as well as families from across the region and aroundthe world.
“Our family was able to get out of the hospital room, yet never be more than a short walk from Mason’s side. We can’t imagine going through this without the Ronald McDonald House.”
For families in need of overnight lodging (referrals are through a hospital social worker), the House offers 15 private rooms (including two suites), each with its own bathroom.
Evening meals are prepared by volunteers through our Cooks for Kids program, and a fully stocked pantry for making breakfast, lunch and snacks is available.