"The compassion that the Ronald McDonald House has shown us was unbelievable. They opened their arms to us like we were family. A lot of people think blood is what makes you family, they have it wrong. Love is what makes you family."
"I thank the Ronald McDonald House staff for all of their help in this tough time my family and I are facing."
"I love this House because it is a nice place. God bless those good hearts. Estoy contento y feliz por resivir el apollo de esta casa."
"I love the Ronald McDonald House because of the family I have made while being here and actually having people who know what I'm going through."
"My favorite thing about volunteering is the opportunity to listen to the families' stories. This seems to provide great comfort to them and their courage is inspiring to me."
"There is comfort in knowing that we have a family here at the Ronald McDonald House who loves, cares, and shows empathy for our family."
"Everyone at the Ronald McDonald House is in good spirits and are very welcoming. All of the families are thankful which makes my internship so meaningful."
"The house made us feel as if we were not alone"
Ronald McDonald House
Being away from home with a seriously ill or injured child is difficult and stressful for families. The cost of hotel rooms, long commutes, lengthy hospital stays and being away from family and friends in a strange place takes an enormous emotional and financial toll on families in crises. That's where we come in.
The 16,000-square-foot, sixteen bedroom, Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable environment where families can rest, enjoy home-cooked meals, relax in the spacious living areas, access laundry facilities and most importantly, receive a network of support among other families struggling with similar worries and fears. This stability allows families to focus on being there for their child when it matters most.
We understand that being away from home, and perhaps unable to work, can take a financial toll on families, particularly those dealing with the medical crisis of a child. Therefore, though it costs $89/per family, per night to operate the House program, we only encourage, but never require, families to make a contribution of just $15 per night. However, no family is ever turned away due to their inability to contribute.
The Ronald McDonald House is open to serve families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Staying at the House
Any family who has a child 21 years of age or younger that is being treated at an area medical facility is eligible to stay at our House. All families must be referred by a healthcare professional involved in the patient's care. Because of the large volume of room requests, the Ronald McDonald House Columbia, SC is unable to accept reservations. If a room is unavailable at the time of the referral, the family will be placed on a waiting list and called as soon as a room becomes available.
If you are a doctor, nurse or social worker, please fax a completed room request application to the Operations Director at 803-254-8688.