About the House
There’s no place like home!
Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy.
The Nashville Ronald McDonald House opened as a 16 bedroom House in 1991 and almost immediately faced 100% occupancy every night of the year. A successful capital campaign allowed us to open an expansion in 1999 which provided an additional 16 bedrooms for families. Our current 32 bedroom House continues to operate at 100% occupancy every night of the year with a waiting list of 4-6 families each night.
Our House is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and is supported by seven full time staff and 200 active volunteers. Our House is a home, providing hot meals, laundry facilities and a place to rest. It has all the benefits of a house, including a playroom, teen game room, a library, two kitchens and a large dining room. The House provides an environment of emotional support from staff members, volunteers and other families who are going through similar circumstances.
In 2011, the average length of stay in our House was 28 nights, with children primarily being treated for cancer, premature birth and associated complications, heart treatment, organ transplants, trauma, surgery and other critical illnesses.
Although we ask families to pay $15 per night to stay in our House, we do not turn families away if they are unable to pay. In 2011 more than 99% of the more than 400 families who stayed with us could not afford to pay, but the generous support of our donors and volunteers allowed us to provide them a home away from home.