Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health, development and wellbeing of children and their families. We accomplish this through the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families. We try our best to help families focus on being there for their sick children during this difficult time, rather than being consumed by the stress of paying for a hotel room near the hospital or having to cook a meal every night.
The three core programs of RMHC – the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – are focused on helping families in need. Our cornerstone Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974 based on a simple idea: Provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Since that time, more than 10 million families around the world have benefited from the comfort provided by a Ronald McDonald House. In Albany, our 25 bedroom house serves over 650 families per year and is supported by a team of 200 active volunteers.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room program extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House to a hospital setting. Our Family Room and Family Suite programs within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center are located just steps from the pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care units. These havens provide a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital. Over 8,000 guests sign into our Family Room each year.
Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, in partnership with St. Peters Health Care Services, provides free comprehensive dental care to underserved, underinsured or uninsured children in the Capital Region. Over 500 children receive dental care annually via this partnership.
In addition to supporting our core programs, RMHC awards grants to local 501 (c)(3) charities which make a positive impact on children and their families. In a typical year, our grant programs support the health and wellbeing of 10,000 children through our partnership initiatives and investments in charities that serve our vision and values.