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HOW DOES A FAMILY GET A ROOM AT THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE?

Once a child is admitted into the hospital or has a procedure scheduled, the family is assigned a social worker to assist with any needs they might have. This social worker assesses each family’s personal situation, and if necessary, makes the referral to the Ronald McDonald House. The child receiving medical care must be 21 years old or under. All overnight guests 18 years of age and older must complete and pass a background check. Upon passing the background check, the family will be placed on the Wait List for the desired check-in date. The cost of background checks for up to 4 adults will be paid by RMHFW. Any additional background checks will be $10.00 each at the family’s expense.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY FOR FAMILIES?

Families who are using our Bone Marrow Transplant Suites usually stay at least 90 days. In 2017, Families with non-transplant children stay an average of 14 days. Occasionally a family will stay for one night, but this is the exception.

DO FAMILIES ONLY COME FROM TEXAS?
No. Guests to the Ronald McDonald House come from all over the world. While most of our families do live in Texas, we have guests who have come from as far away as Japan; it all depends on the type of medical treatment they need.

WHAT IS THE COMMON DIAGNOSIS OF CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES STAY AT RMHFW?

The Ronald McDonald House is available to parents of children suffering from any critical illness that necessitates hospitalization. We often serve families whose children have cancer, but many of our families have premature babies who remain hospitalized for several months. However, in the future, we expect to see a greater number of children who have undergone various organ transplants and surgeries.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STAY AT RMHFW?

We ask families to contribute $20 per night of stay. No family is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

IS THE HOUSE FUNDED EXCLUSIVELY BY McDONALD’S?

No. The annual operating budget for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is approximately $2.4 million, of which approximately 9% is donated from McDonald’s Restaurants through the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Texas. The remainder of the budget is funded through donations from foundations, corporations and individuals and from special events hosted through the year.

HOW IS THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE SUPPORTED FINANCIALLY?

Contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals provide the House with the majority of its funding. In addition, several special events take place during the year and proceeds from these events are used to support the House’s operation budget.

IS THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE A FEDERALLY-FUNDED, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION?

The House does NOT receive federal funds and is not a part of the United Way umbrella; however, the House is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Most donations given to the Ronald McDonald House are tax deductible, but you should consult with your tax advisor for circumstances related to your personal finances.

DO THE POP TABS YOU COLLECT HELP PAY FOR TREATMENTS FOR SPECIFIC CHILDREN?

No. The pop tabs collected for us are recycled and the money earned is put into the general operating account. Each year we make between $5,000-$7,000 recycling pop tabs!

RMHC IMPACT STUDY

Ronald McDonald House Charities completed an impact study in 2015 and findings revealed that staying at an RMH significantly affects the child’s psychological well-being and recovery. Families report a higher level of involvement in their child’s care and an enhanced quality of life for their child. Families enjoy a better sleep quality than those staying bedside, and the RMH helps families with coping and resiliency during pediatric hospitalization.