The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.
Programs run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, the 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room on the 5th Floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offer a place for parents and family members to relax, refresh and experience the comforts of home while staying close to their sick child.
The Nashville Ronald McDonald House serves families from across the country and around the world. Since our doors opened in 1991, we have served families from all 95 counties in Tennessee, 65 counties in Kentucky, 38 other states and 13 foreign countries. In 2012, we served 574 families in our House with an average length of stay of nearly 30 nights and a daily waiting list of 6-8 families. We request a $15 per night donation from families to stay with us, but more than 95% of families cannot afford to pay and we have never turned a family away because of their inability to pay.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room, open since 2004, is a day-use room for any family of a child receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital. The Family Room is open from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week and is staffed by caring volunteers and part-time staff members. We serve more than 3,500 individuals every month at the Family Room.