Main > Housing > Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House
How do I get to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
Do I have to stay alone or can my family stay with me?
You need to contact a social worker, a nursing supervisor, or the chaplain at the hospital. They will fill out a referral form and call the Ronald McDonald House to inquire about room availability.
Moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, and other supporting family members are welcome to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. The name of each guest staying at the House must be listed on the registration card. Each of the 16 rooms has a private bathroom. Will we have access to a kitchen?
Is there somewhere we can do our laundry?
The House has two fully stocked kitchen/dining areas which you may use to cook family meals, as well as enjoy the many dishes and baked goods our volunteers prepare. Area businesses and organizations also donate food for our families.
The House has a laundry room which you are free to use. Several washers and dryers, as well as an iron and ironing board are available. Laundry products are also supplied for your use. I live in Providence. Can I still stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
We have no restrictions on distance. We have helped more than 5,000 families since opening in 1989. Approximately 40% of our families come from Rhode Island and 40% from Massachusetts. The remaining 20% are from throughout the United States and the World. If I leave the area to go to a store or out to eat, how can I be reached in case of an emergency?
We ask that you supply a cell phone number when you register. Is there a charge to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
We do ask for a donation of $10 per night. Please speak to your social worker if you are unable to make a donation. Be assured, we never turn anyone away who needs the House. Will I have a telephone in my room?
Each room has a telephone for you to keep in touch with loved ones and the hospital. Do we have any restrictions, as a family staying at the House?
We are a non-smoking, alcohol-free facility. We provide support for families with children in one of the area hospitals. Guests must be 18 or older to stay alone. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Is there a limit on the amount of time that my family may stay at the House?
We have had families stay with us for one night and families who have stayed several months. Many families have come back again and again. The resident house manager will assess the needs of the House and the needs of the family for any long-term stay. How about transportation?
Rhode Island Hospital generously supplies shuttle service for the transportation of our guests to and from Hasbro and Women and Infants hospitals. We also have a van available if transportation is needed to another location or destination.