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Our House

RMHC Eastern WI Core Values Creating Connections, Community, Compassionate Care, Communication

Our Mission

To keep families together and promote the health and well-being of children

Our Vision

To be an inclusive community where all children facing healthcare needs and their families benefit from our compassionate support

House Story

Since we opened our doors in 1984, the Ronald McDonald House® in Milwaukee has been keeping families together by providing more than 49,000 family stays.

These families come from 569 Wisconsin communities, 50 states and many countries around the world whose children are receiving medical care at Children’s Wisconsin or other area hospitals. In 2020 we provided 12,301 night stays. We offer a place to call home at little or no cost, so families can stay together. Many families try to contribute what they can—even if it’s the suggested $20 a night donation. In reality, our cost is just over $140 per night.

No one is ever turned away for their inability to pay.

The House is more than just a place to stay. We offer families therapeutic programming, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces and so much more. A team of over 550 volunteers and a dedicated staff are always ready to do whatever it takes to make a family’s stay a little easier. Living in a community, side by side, families form friendships and support one another through difficult times.

In fall 2014 RMHC Eastern Wisconsin completed a four story, 26,400 square foot expansion with 32 additional guest rooms which allows us to serve up to 70 families each night!

The expansion included:

  • New entrance and reception area
  • Fitness center
  • Study and computer room
  • Expanded and remodeled dining facilities to accommodate families and our Family Meal Program
  • 34,000 square foot attached two level parking structure
  • Pedestrian bridge that links RMHC with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

House History

Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin History

In the early 1980s, a small group of dedicated volunteers set out to build the first Ronald McDonald House in Wisconsin because families had no place to stay while their seriously ill child was being treated at Children’s Wisconsin. The outpouring of support to build our House was remarkable. So much so that when we opened in 1984, we called it “The House that Love Built.”

As Children’s Wisconsin made medical advances, so did the need for longer family stays. We expanded the House in 2003, adding our long-term wing with thirteen suite-style units. The demand for our unique services continued to grow, so we expanded once again and in September 2014 we opened our new addition and remodeled House. We now offer 70 private guest rooms, a new entrance, reception area and common spaces for families to gather and play. Our additional kitchens easily accommodate both family needs and our Family Meal Program.

A two-level attached parking structure was added; and the State Department of Transportation worked with RMHC Eastern WI, Children’s and the city of Wauwatosa to build a pedestrian bridge that connects the Ronald McDonald House to Children’s Wisconsin, providing our families with a safe and convenient way to stay close to their children.

Over the years, we have grown as the needs of our families have changed. Each addition and renovation allows us to provide all the comforts of home for the families we serve.

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