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What 35 Years of Helping Families in Need Means to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) has been blessed to be a part of the Greater Washington, DC community for 35 years. In this city, we may see a lot of political change and power players, but we're still a city rooted in American values like family, opportunity, and lending a hand to those in need.

Support from a community that holds these values dear has made it possible for us to:

  • Give families the opportunity to seek the best health care for their seriously ill or injured child, no matter how far away it is;
  • Reduce day-to-day worries on families like where their next meal will come from; 
  • Provide a comforting and supportive community that understands the struggles facing families of seriously ill children.

In 35 years, we've served more than 175,000 family nights. Each family has a permanent place in our hearts. On this anniversary we celebrate our past families and we look to the needs of our future ones. 

Read on to learn more about our beginnings, growth, and plans for the future!

June 6, 1980: The Beginning of RMHC DC

It took a lot of love and support from the community to open the first Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC. It was the 16th Ronald McDonald House to open in the country. 

Re-purposing an old Spanish colonial home that had belonged to nuns in a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC, a small staff began to offer a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children seeking treatment at area hospitals. 

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