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 Charla Jestic

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Family Room inside Cardinal Glennon
Reflections from Charla Jestic I was a “frequent flyer” patient of the pediatric unit at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis when I was surprisingly diagnosed with very severe Ulcerative Colitis. I showed up at the E.R., and for almost two years, I would be lucky to get a 2-3 week “vacation” at home before being …

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Meet Laura Cox

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Reflections from Laura Cox Our twins were born 6 weeks early and were soon transferred from our local hospital to [SSM Health] Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. With help from the social worker at the hospital, we were able to get a room at the nearby Ronald McDonald House on our 10th day in the NICU. …

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Meet Kaela Woods

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Kids
Reflections from Kaela Woods, a mother who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room. We were blessed to stay at the Ronald McDonald house and use the facilities at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis for multiple stays. We had our preemie twins Chase and Tatum at 32 weeks. When they graduated from the NICU we knew …

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Meet Neal Slaton

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Meet Neal and Mary Anne Slaten “There is no better feeling than making a positive difference in a child’s life,” says Neal Slaten, a retired volunteer and long-term supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. Neal and his wife, Mary Anne, joined the RMHC family in 1991, during the 10-year anniversary of the …

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Meet Mark Geringer

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Reflections from RMHC Master Gardener, Mark Geringer  Mark keeps all three Ronald McDonald Houses in St. Louis Beautiful My adventure began almost 25 years ago with the Kirkwood Kiwanis, and the family dinner program, now as the Meals from the Heart. Our club has been cooking the meals for a long time. My part as …

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