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For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been serving families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, at 711 E. Livingston Ave., families can find a place to call home while their children are being treated at the hospital. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay. The Ronald McDonald House is made available to every family, based on a first-come, first-served basis. To contact the Ronald McDonald House, please call (614) 227-3700.
In addition to comfortable bedrooms with private bathrooms, the House has fully-equipped kitchens with dining areas, a meditation room and gathering areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, and exercise facilities. Continuing care suites, isolated from the rest of the House, are available for families of transplant recipients and other specified conditions. Linens and a limited food pantry are provided, along with frequent group meals for the families prepared by outside groups.
Around-the-clock staff operate the House and provide assistance to the families. Volunteers support the families along with assisting the full-time staff with House operations. Day-to-day housekeeping tasks are the shared responsibility of families, volunteer groups and individuals.
Guests of the House are referred by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Following a referral, RMH Family Services staff will contact the family directly when a room is available. Rooms are provided on a space-available basis with priority given to families of patients in critical care. There is a limit of four people (including children) per room. Family members under the age of 18 are not permitted to have a room unless accompanied by an adult.
Currently, the House can accommodate 137 families every night, making it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. The Columbus Ronald McDonald House opened a major expansion project in 2014 including 57 guest rooms, a commercial kitchen, a rooftop garden, additional green space, and five single-family homes for families whose children have extended stays at the hospital. For more information, visit www.rmhc-centralohio.org.