2016 MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ST. LOUIS
In July of 1981, our first Ronald McDonald House opened on West Pine Boulevard as an eight-bedroom home. Since that time, we have grown to include three Houses and eight long-term apartments, all of which provide a home-away-from-home to 59 families each night. We have also added three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located inside St. Louis-area pediatric medical centers. In 2013, RMHC partnered with Eye Care Charity of Mid-America to operate the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile vision clinic that delivers on-the-spot eye exams and free eyeglasses to children in need.
We have a lot to celebrate here at RMHC St. Louis. Most of all, we want to celebrate the St. Louis community for its generosity and support over the past 35 years. We couldn’t have done it without you! Below you find feature stories from guest families, volunteers and supporters who have made an impact on our organization throughout the years. Be sure to check back often, as we will continue to share stories throughout the year.
For a visual history of our organization, please click here.
MEET THE MASSONI FAMILY
The Massoni family gives back after finding comfort and care in the Ronald McDonald Family Room. Read their story here.
MEET OUR NEW FRIEND, FRANKIE
Therapy dog, Frankie, provides comfort and care for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Read more about Frankie here.
MEET THE COHN FAMILY
The Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House holds a special place in the hearts of the Cohn family. Learn more about their journey here.
THE RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY ROOM
In 2005, the first of three St. Louis Ronald McDonald Family Rooms opened. Learn more about these special rooms here.
MEET THE GREGORY FAMILY
Life changed in an instant for two-year-old Liam and the Gregory family. Read their story here.
FINDING COMFORT FAR FROM HOME
Lana and her parents traveled to St. Louis from Serbia for medical care. Read their full story here.
Bob and clarice manges help families feel at “home”
For 35 years, Bob and Clarice Manges have been volunteering their time and talents at RMHC St. Louis. Read more about their dedication to the RMHC St. Louis mission here.
MEET OLIVE AND THE ENGELMEYER FAMILY
Having a sick child in the hospital, even for just a few days, can feel like a lifetime. When 11-day old Olive was admitted to the hospital earlier this year with a high fever and no diagnosis, Emily and Billy Engelmeyer found themselves uncertain of what lie ahead for their family.
FINDING FRIENDSHIP AT THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT
Kennedy and Murelle became fast friends while staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Read their story here.
Kim and Jason Youngberg welcomed their second son, Easton, into the world in April 2013. In need of lifesaving medical care, the Youngberg’s newborn baby was transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital within 48 hours. Read Easton’s complete story here.
Creating a brighter future
More than 2,000 children are served by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile each year, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Read testamonials from children who received eye glasses from the Care Mobile here.
hearts of gold
Denny and Karen Ahal dedicate their time and talents to The House that Love Built. Read more about their generosity and support here.