A Ronald McDonald House is a temporary home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill, critically injured or medically fragile children who are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. It is also a place where children who are receiving outpatient treatment are able to spend time with their families in a warm and cheerful environment.
Children with serious illnesses need more than quality medical attention. They need emotional support and understanding from their families. Families, in turn, need a place where they can draw additional strength and find stability when a child is seriously ill. Families forced to travel a distance to obtain medical care often find that their day-to-day problems are compounded by lengthy separation from home and friends. In order to be close to their children, they may have to choose between paying for expensive accommodations or sleeping in hospital waiting rooms.
At a Ronald McDonald House, the families have a place to rest, away from the atmosphere of a hospital, where they can attempt to lead "normal" lives. Parents are also able to share their worries and concerns with other parents who can empathetically understand the emotional strain placed upon them and who can offer each other support during times of crisis.
The House that Love Built is the result of
care put into action as thousands of caring
people from throughout Central Georgia have
contributed time, material, donations and love.
The Central Georgia House is truly a community
effort and labor of love. Our House opened its
doors November 2002.
Although each House is affiliated with an international network of Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, the Central Georgia House is an independent, non-profit corporation, locally owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia. We are entirely dependent upon donations from the community. We are very grateful for the support that we have received from our caring partners. It is with their help and others that we are able to serve families with tremendous hardships.
- MedCen Foundation and The Medical Center of Central Georgia
- McDonald's Co-op
- Macon Civic Club
- Junior League of Macon, Inc.
- Medical Center Auxiliary (Pink Ladies)
- Bibb County Medical Society and Alliance
- And many, many more individuals, companies, foundations, civic clubs and churches.
Keeping Families Together When It Counts The Most
"He's never been home," Brenda says of her son, Jayson. "He's spent his whole life in a hospital room." And Brenda is there with him, by his side for almost every waking hour of her day. Born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and until the day Brenda brings Jayson home, she will stay at our House. "This is my second home." Brenda says "I can't imagine what it would be like without the Ronald McDonald House."