HISTORY

In 1969, the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, PA. Today, there are more than 307 Houses throughout the United States and 30 countries and regions around the world. Learn more about Ronald McDonald Houses!

Sixteen years later, McDonald’s owner/operators in the Rochester area approached Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) with a proposal to open a Ronald McDonald House in our community. In 1985, SMH donated the land for the building, local McDonald’s owner operators pledged $250K, McDonald’s corporation gave a seed grant of $25K—and the collaborative partnership began! Many others generous donors in the Rochester community supported the efforts to raise the $1.3M needed to build our Westmoreland House—and the 128th “home-away-from-home” opened in February 1990.

In 1996, the Rochester Ronald McDonald House merged with the local chapter of Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities. United as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY (RMHC) we extend our reach and improve the health and well-being of thousands of kids in our community through our grants program.

In 2005, we further expanded our continuum of care by opening our “House Within The Hospital” (HWTH). Located atop the state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, our 4,000 square foot HWTH provides proximate respite and support for families just 60 seconds away from their critically ill or injured child.

With the opening of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, RMHC launched the Ronald McDonald House Family Room in 2015.  Located on the lobby, the Family Room welcomes pediatric patients and their families looking for a break from the hospital setting. The Family Room offers complimentary coffee and beverages, snacks, sitting area, fireplace, laundry and shower facilities. The Ronald McDonald House Family Room is open 9am-9pm daily, and no referral is needed.