40 stories for 40 years

Our History

Since 1981, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis has served over 40,000 families who have traveled to St. Louis to receive medical care for their seriously ill children. RMHC St. Louis has grown from an eight-bedroom facility to include three Ronald McDonald Houses and eight long-term apartments, all of which can provide lodging to 59 families every night. In addition to the three Houses, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis also operates four Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located inside Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Each of these special rooms functions as a quiet oasis within the hospital, offering both local and out-of-town families of pediatric patients the basic comforts of home.

Our Mission

The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or no cost. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House near the hospital, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team and help maintain complicated treatment plans. Most importantly, families can focus on their children’s health and well-being instead of the cost of necessities like lodging and meals. Many of the bedrooms inside our Houses can accommodate up to four family members, allowing families to stay together and support each other throughout the stress of their child’s treatment. The Ronald McDonald House also provides a community atmosphere where families can spend time with others facing similar situations. In 2019, nearly 900 families called a St. Louis Ronald McDonald House “home.” The organization continued to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping some of the most fragile families focus on what matters most – the health of their child.

Our Friends

To honor those who have made the last 40 years possible, we highlight 40 stories of past families, donors, volunteers, and community members. Enjoy these stories of hope, healing, and gratitude from our friends and neighbors.

Meet Lisa Syberg

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Lisa Syberg found her perfect volunteer fit at RMHC St. Louis When you hear the name “Syberg,” what comes to mind? For many St. Louisians, it could be a picture of a shark, friends sitting around a table for happy hour, or a plate filled with chicken wings drizzled with the famous Syberg’s Wing Sauce. …

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Remembering Jim Kuba

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Jim Kuba: A Founding member of RMHC St. Louis Jim Kuba and his wife, Wanda, were part of a resilient group of parents to blaze the path for the first Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis. They became involved with the organizations after they joined the Candlelighters, a parent support group from Cardinal Glennon Memorial …

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Meet Mary Reck

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Volunteer Mary Reck has created an inviting atmosphere for families at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for over six years. Did you know that the four St. Louis-area in-hospital Ronald McDonald Family Rooms served more than 9,000 families last year? At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, nearly 2,900 families found comfort and care …

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Meet the Agents at Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker

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Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker has supported families at RMHC St. Louis for over 35 years! “Housing is what we do. We take pride in providing a home for families, and the Ronald McDonald House is a perfect fit for serving families when they need it most,” says Jim Dohr, Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker …

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Remembering Arthur Stumpf

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A look back: Remembering the impact of Arthur Stumpf In July, a dear friend of the House, Arthur Stumpf, passed away from cancer. As a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and FBI Negotiator Trainer, Arthur supported those who needed it most – including families at RMHC. Each month, Arthur would deliver chicken …

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