Celebrating 40 Years of Serving Families

Giving families with a sick child what they need most - each other.

2020-2021 is Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC’s 40th Anniversary!

Since our founding, our mission has been simple: to ease the burden of childhood illness on families and children.

Starting with one 16-bedroom House in 1980, we have expanded our services to include two Ronald McDonald Houses with a total of 32 guest rooms, three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.  These programs have made it possible for us to keep families near each other and the care they need.

Since opening our doors in 1980, we have served more than 20,000 families in our Houses and across all programs, we have increased services to nearly 11,000 children and families annually.

Watch to see some highlights from our 40-year history.

And now we’re ready to grow again!

This year, we are not only celebrating our 40th Anniversary, we are also celebrating the renovation of both Houses to expand the number of families we serve while upgrading the Houses’ communal spaces and amenities!

Once complete, Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC will offer 32 guest rooms and Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia’s guest rooms will triple to provide 24. We have had to turn away more than 200 families due to low capacity, so we are excited that this $5+ million project will all us to help the 33% of families on our wait lists we are not currently able to accommodate.

To see the progression, check out our Build Hope – DC & NoVA House Expansion Look Book!

Check back and follow us on social media for progress updates, news about events, and ways to give!

Read More About Our Expansion

Collage of pictures from the 1980 opening of the Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC

A Foundation of Love

How RMHCDC Began

Exciting news: RMHCDC is expanding!

In four decades of service to the Greater Washington, DC community, we have proudly served more than 19,580 families at our Ronald McDonald Houses.

Sara Sepanski and HKS volunteer at RMHCDC

Helping Hands and Happy Hearts

By: Sara Sepanski, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Designer at HKS