About the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of New England
We operate within an a federated structure and are affiliated with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC Global). RMHC supports millions of families with more than 685 programs offered in 65 countries around the world. RMHCNE was formed in 2019 when Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Eastern New England merged with the Ronald McDonald House® Providence in order to strengthen and extend the impact in the communities served. The result is an organization built on the rich histories and accomplishments of the respective Chapters that is able to carry out its work of improving the health and well-being of children and their families with greater efficiency and impact.
A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home while their sick child receives treatment in a hospital, enabling them to stay close at no cost. The House is a safe haven that provides all the comforts of home, plus the compassion and hospitality of staff, volunteers, and other families — all just steps away from the hospital. At each House, we work to alleviate the stress of daily living for families and enable them to focus on what really matters: the health and well-being of their child.
RMH Providence, opened its doors on November 6, 1989 as a 12-bedroom House, conveniently located within walking distance to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. The House opened through the great efforts of parents, volunteers and members of the medical community. After several expansions to keep up with the growing demand for services, RMH Providence concluded its largest expansion in 2016. Funded by a $5 million “Always Room at the House” campaign, the expansion increased the number of bedrooms to 28 and generated additional community space for families.
RMH Boston Harbor, opened as a “home” for families on January 5, 2017 and offers 10 apartments for families and one community space where families come together for meals and programs. Each year hundreds of families travel to Boston from locations all over the world so that their children may receive treatment at some of the world’s best medical facilities.
A needs assessment study was conducted in 2018 that focused on three major Boston-based pediatric institutions—Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass General Hospital for Children and the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. The study determined that there is a significant shortage of affordable accommodations for families with critically ill children receiving medical care in Boston. Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England is uniquely positioned to address this urgent need. RMHCNE is exploring real estate options close to all major pediatric institutions to be able to serve more families who need the services we provide.
Our Hospital Family Rooms
RMHCNE operates two family rooms, one located within Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence and the other within Mass General Hospital in Boston. They are equipped with conveniences such as a kitchen, laundry facilities, internet access and are staffed by caring volunteers, These rooms offer family members a place to relax or decompress right within the hospital where their child is receiving treatment.
Our Care Mobiles
Staffed with pediatric specialists, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles provide cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental and health education services to under-served children in rural and urban areas in eastern New England. Learn more here.