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About Ronald McDonald House of San Diego

San Diego's "Home Away from Home"
for Families with Critically Ill or Injured Children

Baby_in_RMH_onesieSince 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has provided a “home away from home” to families pursuing essential pediatric treatments at San Diego hospitals.

What started as an 8-room bed-and-breakfast service for families of young cancer patients is now a center of nonmedical care and support for families whose children face a whole range of life-threatening conditions.

In 2009, we opened a state-of-the art Ronald McDonald House with 47 guest rooms, pleasant outdoor courtyards and cheerful play spaces for children. This expansion quadrupled our capacity to house families and allowed us to open a Family Care Center for day visitors.

Thanks to an active volunteer program and generous community support, each year approximately:

  • 1,500 families stay with us as resident guests.
  • 10,000 additional individuals visit our Family Care Center during the day, coming for meals, computer access, and other essential supports close to the hospital. Most guests make multiple visits during their child’s hospitalization.
  • 200 siblings of hospitalized children attend our onsite school, which we operate in partnership with San Diego Unified School District.