About Our Organization

The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.  In Denver, your support means families can stay together and close to the medical resources they need while letting us take care of the everyday needs, like food, shelter, and love.  

Our Vision at RMHC-Denver is to be the catalyst creating a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care.  

Our 40 year story...

A historic mansion just east of downtown Denver was a welcome sanctuary for over 17,000 families during its tenure as Denver’s first Ronald McDonald House from 1979 to 2001 with the mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.  Families stayed, and continue to stay, with no obligation to pay and for as long as their child is in the hospital or seeking treatment.  

With just 15 bedrooms in the House, it filled up quickly and many families were turned away.  The founders and board of directors saw the amazing impact the House was having on the health and healing of children because their families were able to be together during the most trying and stressful times.  They determined that the need to expand great and being lead by the founding and guiding principles to:

  • Lead with compassion
  • Focus on the critical needs of children
  • Celebrate the diversity of our people and our programs
  • Value our heritage
  • Operate with accountability and transparency

our Board of Directors decided to embark on building a modern and much larger house next to Children’s Hospital of Denver to meet the overwhelming demand for economical lodging.  A $7 million construction campaign kicked off with ground breaking ceremonies on October 8, 1999. The new 35,000 square foot house opened on April 21, 2001 with more than double the occupancy capacity of the old house. It's floor plan featured 31 bedrooms with private bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 5 TV lounges and dens, play areas and staff and volunteer offices.  RMHC-Denver takes pride in being an important and reliable partner for hospitals, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other medical institutions.  We are paying attention to the growth of the metropolitan area’s prominence in the field of medicine and moves by The Children’s Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital to the new Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  Our Board of Directors again acted decisively to build yet another, even larger, house to meet future needs of families. 

Aurora Ronald McDonald House was opened  in January of 2008, at a site just west of I-225 between Colfax and Sixth Avenue.  The Aurora House has the capacity to house 45 families a night. It sports 3 large kitchens, two laundry facilities, TV lounges, play areas indoors and out and a patio area.

Once again, in response to a growing need, we increased the capacity of the Denver Ronald McDonald House to accommodate hospitals like St. Joseph's, Kaiser, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, and the Eating Recovery Center.  In November of 2015, a 44-room expansion was opened, bringing the total capacity of the Denver House to 73 rooms.

As of today, we are honored to provide temporary housing and programs for 118 families every night!

Our Vision is to be the catalyst in creating a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care.  

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