"You don't think about where you are going to lay your head at night when you have a baby in the NICU. You aren't thinking of yourself - but, you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby. That's why the Ronald McDonald House is so important."
"The help that the House gives to families in need, as well as our family, is an inspiration to us all and has already taught my six-year-old, Rena, how important it is to give open heartedly to those in need."
The Williams Family
"Staying at the Ronald McDonald House allowed me to be at the hospital at a moment's notice during Mason's stay in the NICU. I honestly share my story with tears of joy; the Ronald McDonald House has allowed us to be a family."
The Lung Family
"During my stay at the House there were days when I was sick and wanted to be alone, but then there were days where we had a great time all piled up in the living room."
Judith, Cancer Patient
"My favorite thing about volunteering is the opportunity to listen to the families' stories. This seems to provide great comfort to them and their courage is inspiring to me."
"When we came to the House, we sat with the families and realized how the comforts of home can impact a child's healing process. Our donations are our way of showing we care for these families in need."
Dustin DeGoursey, General Manager of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Lexington
Ronald McDonald House
Being away from home with a seriously ill or injured child is difficult and stressful for families. The cost of hotel rooms, long commutes, lengthy hospital stays and being away from family and friends in a strange place takes an enormous emotional and financial toll on families in crisis. That's where we come in.
The new 16,000-square-foot, sixteen bedroom, Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable "home away from home" where families can rest, enjoy home-cooked meals, relax in the spacious living areas, access laundry facilities and most importantly, receive a network of support among other families struggling with similar worries and fears. This stability allows families to focus on being there for their child when it matters most, helping them heal better and faster.
We understand that being away from home, and perhaps unable to work, can take a financial toll on families, particularly those dealing with the medical crisis of a child. Therefore, though it costs $75/per family, per night to operate the House program, we only encourage, but never require, families to make a contribution of just $15 per night. However, no family is ever turned away due to their inability to contribute.
The Ronald McDonald House is open to serve families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Staying at the House
Any family who has a child 21 years of age or younger that is being treated at an area medical facility is eligible to stay at our House. All families must be referred by a healthcare professional involved in the patient's care. Because of the large volume of room requests, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia is unable to accept reservations. If a room is unavailable at the time of the referral, the family will be placed on a waiting list and called as soon as a room becomes available.
If you are a doctor, nurse or social worker, please fax a completed room request application to the House Manager On Duty at 803-254-8688.