Who We Are
Our service to children and families began on October 2, 1979. The founders of the Twin Cities’ Ronald McDonald House were a small but determined group of local parents, physicians, nurses and McDonald’s restaurant owners/operators who raised funds to buy and renovate an old University of Minnesota fraternity house.
The House was modeled after the original Ronald McDonald House, founded in Philadelphia in 1974 by Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife—with support from local McDonald’s restaurants—during their daughter’s treatment for leukemia.
On opening day, our House had rooms for eight families. Over the past 32 years, the House has expanded several times, and today provides rooms for 48 families. Over the years, we have provided a caring community for more than 11,000 families from across Minnesota, the United States and around the world.
In more ways than ever, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest supports families, helping them stay together when they need it most.
Our original Ronald McDonald House® continues as the cornerstone program of our organization, known today as Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM).
We serve families through the original Ronald McDonald House and three other core programs:
• The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, which began providing dental care to underserved children in the 14-county metropolitan area in October 2009.
• The Ronald McDonald House® – Chicago Avenue, located inside Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, opened in November 2010.
• The Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, opened in July 2011.