programs do Ronald McDonald House Charities® Wichita (RMHC Wichita) provide?
RMHC Wichita helps families with children who are undergoing
medical treatment. We have two Ronald McDonald Houses and one Ronald McDonald
Family Room®. In addition
to the Houses and Family Room, RMHC Wichita has a Grant program that funds other
children’s non-profit projects that contribute to the health and well being of
children throughout designated counties in Kansas.
What is a Ronald McDonald House®?
The Houses provide safe, temporary
housing, amenities and emotional support for sick children and their families.
RMHC Wichita makes 7,300 nightly stays available at our two Ronald McDonald
Houses each year. We ensure that we will be there to provide as many as 20
families each night with a “home away from home” while their children receive
medical care. Each House has ten guest rooms, private bathrooms, large
kitchens, laundry facilities, comfortable living areas, nutritious food, and
the comfort of someone that cares.
can stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
The families of ill or injured children 21 years of age or
younger who are receiving medical treatment in Wichita. Families must reside 30
miles from the hospital to stay at Houses.
Where are the Houses located?
The Midtown Ronald McDonald House is located north of Via
Christi Hospital - St. Francis at 1110 N. Emporia. The Sleepy Hollow Ronald
McDonald House is located east of Wesley Medical Center at 520 N. Rutan. Each House
is in walking distance of their designated hospital and a city park.
a family reserve a room at the House?
A social worker or medical staff member at the facility
where the child is being treated must make a referral. Parents may call to check on availability
after the referral has been made. A criminal background check will be completed
on all adults staying in the House.
Adults must present current photo identification at check-in. If
the House is at full occupancy, we will place families on a waiting list.
much does it cost to run the two Houses?
It cost RMHC Wichita $80 per night per bedroom.
have to pay to stay at the House?
We request families contribute $15 per night.. However, no
family is ever turned away from an inability to pay.
are the hours of operation for the Houses?
Our Houses are accessible to families 24 hours a day, 365
days a year. A House Manager is available 24 hours a day to manage daily issues
or emergencies that might arise.. For general check-in and reservations we
accept families from 8am – 9pm 7 days a week.
Volunteers provide meals on site
several times per week. Volunteers and individuals also donate food for our
pantries and families can help themselves to any food the pantries.
if I don't have transportation to the hospital where my child is admitted?
Wesley Medical Center provides taxi vouchers for use to and
from the hospital once each day. A nursing mother may have two vouchers per
day. Both Wesley Medical Center and Via
Christi Hospital – St. Francis security departments partner with RMHC Wichita
to provide safe transportation for House guests from the House to their
respective hospital if they are unable or uncomfortable walking.
long do families stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
A family can stay at the House for as long as their child is
receiving medical treatment in Wichita. The average length of stay is 7 days;
however, some families need to stay for months at a time.
What is the Ronald McDonald Family Room®?
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located in Wesley
Medical Center adjacent to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In the Family
Room, local and out of town families will find food, personal care items,
laundry facilities and a comfortable place to rest and regroup just steps away
from their hospitalized child’s bedside. Each year over 1500 families use the
can use the Ronald McDonald Family Room?
Any family who has a child 21 years of age or younger
receiving medical treatment in Wesley Medical Center.
much does it cost to use the Ronald McDonald Family Room?
There is no charge to use the Family Room.
is the relationship between McDonald's and RMHC Wichita?
While McDonald's is a strong and much appreciated partner, RMHC
Wichita is neither owned nor fully funded by them. McDonald’s customers show
their support by donating change in the restaurant donation boxes and participating
in other in-store fundraising efforts. McDonald’s contributes roughly 10% of
RMHC Wichita’s budget. Each year this support varies and is never
is RMHC Wichita funded?
RMHC Wichita is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We
host a number of fundraising events throughout the year, and actively pursue
grants. The majority of funds come from
community support through individuals, businesses, churches and organizations. Additional community support comes from
donation of pull tabs and wish list items.
RMHC Wichita is not a United Way funded agency.
How many families are served through the organization?
year over 2,200 families are served through the organization and that number
continues to grow.
How can I support Ronald
McDonald House Charities Wichita?
Adopt a Room
Get your company involved
Get your club, troop, church or organization involved
Host a 3rd party fundraiser
Donate Wish List items
Recycle your ink cartridges
Leave a legacy in a Planned Gift
Collect pull tabs
Join Red Shoe Society
Attend one of our events, drop change in a McDonald’s
donation box, Friend us on Facebook, come fix a meal for our families
With your help,
RMHC Wichita will continue to be able to provide services to thousands of
families of sick and injured children with your help.