Keeping Families Together When It Matters Most

Ronald McDonald House Charities (CNI) caring for families of hospitalized children

Our Vision

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) will be the respected leader in enhancing the health, well-being, and education of children in our area.

 

 

Our Mission

The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community.  RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’. We execute this mission via:

 

Ronald McDonald Houses

Our five Chicagoland Ronald McDonald Houses provide a ‘home away from home’ to keep families together while their child is in the hospital. Every night, 153 families are able to heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community found at each of our Ronald McDonald Houses®.  Located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Houses allow  families to eat, sleep and find the emotional support they need - just blocks from where their child is being treated. This year, we’ll provide over 43,000 nights to families during their greatest hours of  need. While we suggest a donation of $10 per night, no family is ever turned away if they are unable to pay.

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital – the first in Illinois – opened in February 2012.  The Ronald McDonald Family Room provides a haven of respite and hospitality to families whose children are in treatment at the hospital. Located just outside the pediatric intensive care unit and outpatient service area, the space provides a home-like atmosphere away from the stress of the hospital, allowing families a moment to rest and rejuvenate, so that they can face the stress of the hospital visit with renewed energy. Two additional sleep rooms provide overnight relief for the parents of the most critical patients.

 

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Our Care Mobile program, in partnership with Advocate Children’s Hospital, provides essential health services to children in under-served areas in a mobile environment. Children receive check-ups, immunizations, and referrals for specialty care, including asthma, cardiology, and allergies. Our goal is to find a “health care home” for all the children seen on the Care Mobile.

 

Scholarship Program

Now in its eighth year, the RMHC-CNI Scholarship Program provides $4,000/year, renewable scholarships to academically outstanding, community-minded and economically challenged young people. Winners are selected each Spring by RMHC-CNI’s Educational Committee.  Since 2006, we have awarded more than $1 million dollars to 81 students and have assisted 31 students in achieving their college degrees. The scholarships are renewable for four years contingent upon the student fulfilling G.P.A. and community service requirements.

 

 

Our Values

RMHC-CNI strives to reach out to all families and children in need in a caring, compassionate way, while holding itself strictly accountable for the investments it makes in its mission and programs.