Who We Are
We truly believe that having family by their side during an illness improves the well-being of the child…
The mandate of Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan is to provide accommodation and support for families of sick children while they are receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. RMHC-SK offers families accommodations and so much more.
When children are sick RMHC-SK gives them what they need most... their families by providing a care and comfort in a homelike environment. It has been proven that having family by a sick child it improves the wellbeing of that child. We truly believe that having family by their side during an illness improves the well-being of the child. RMHC-SK prides itself on maintaining a warm, comforting, safe atmosphere where families have the opportunity to connect with other families in similar situations. You'll often find families enjoying fresh coffee and baking while sharing their stories in our House and Family Room.
Through the doors of our House, you may find families struggling with a child's fragile health, celebrating the healing of their sick child and dealing with the routine necessities of daily life. A child's illness can put a terrible strain on a family both emotionally and financially but RMHC-SK can ease some of the financial burden by offering beautiful accommodations at the House for a contribution of $ 10.00 per night.
How Did Ronald McDonald Houses Start?
Ronald McDonald Houses started in 1973 with a 3-year-old girl named Kim Hill. Kim was the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife Fran, and was receiving treatment for leukemia at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Determined to do something to benefit families using the Children’s Hospital, Hill and his Eagles’ team mates approached Kim’s physician, Dr. Audrey Evans, Head of hematologist/oncologist. Dr. Evans expressed the serous need for a home-like facility near the hospital.
This led to a joint fund-raising effort tin the Philadelphia area with McDonald’s restaurant owners and the Eagles Football team, which in turn, resulted in the purchase and renovation of an older, seven-bedroom home near the hospital.
After the 1975 opening of the second Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada flew a group of Toronto-based parents of children challenged with oncology related illnesses to Chicago to visit the House. These parents, along with representatives from the Hospital for Sick Children and local McDonald‘s restaurants developed the first House to open outside the U.S.A. After the 1981 launch of the Toronto House, additional Houses soon opened in Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Calgary, London, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Quebec City, Hamilton, Red Deer and St. John’s.
Located close to pediatric medical facilities and capable of welcoming multiple families at one time, each House is operated by an independent, non-profit organization and relies heavily on individual and corporate donors for the products and funds required to run the Houses.
Today there are 377 independently owned and operated Houses in 45 countries and 263 Family Room’s in 28 countries. Since 1974 Ronald McDonald Houses globally have helped more than 10 Million family members by keeping families close in critical times.