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In Baltimore, we are truly blessed. Home to world-renowned hospitals, our community offers access to some of the most cutting-edge pediatric treatment medicine has to offer. Because of this, each year thousands of children are referred here for life-saving medical care. They come with their families from all over Maryland, the United States and even the world, for the one thing their own communities cannot offer – hope for a future.
Alone and in an unfamiliar city, these families find physical and emotional refuge through the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. But the numbers who need us far exceed those we can accommodate. For every family we help, dozens more are turned away. Sometimes as many as 35 a night.
After extensive strategic planning, the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore has determined an urgent and compelling need to build a new Ronald McDonald House to meet the growing demand. We have launched a capital campaign with an estimated need of $25 million that will build Our New House, ensuring Baltimore continues offering access to not only the best pediatric care, but the most effective and compassionate family-centered care in the world.
The new Ronald McDonald House, which will be built at 1 Aisquith Street, will reflect a commitment to incorporate best practices into all of our programs and services. Each amenity included in the design of the new house was carefully selected through input from staff, volunteers and families. The new House will serve approximately 55 families daily and 2,200 families annually through:
- 9 two-bedroom suites specifically designed for oncology, bone marrow and transplant patients
- 45 rooms that sleep up to 5 guests each and allow for larger families through adjoining rooms
- Strategically designed gathering spaces that promote interaction among guests (family room, playroom, kitchen and full-size laundry room)
- A Serenity Room for solitude, meditation and respite
- A state-of-the-art Family Business Center and Classroom with computers, printers, and internet for parents who must continue work and to provide a normal classroom environment for students experiencing extended stays
- A fully accessible outdoor playground with an adjacent picnic and dining area for outdoor meals and special events
- The Teen Room – for older children, allowing them to have private time alone or with peers who are experiencing similar situations
- A beautiful rooftop garden and large conference room with spectacular views of the city