In times of stress, you need good food, a community of people who understand what you are going through, a comfortable place to rest your head, and the closeness of your family. That’s what you get at the Ronald McDonald House.
Staying with us offers:
Clean, comfortable spaces for daily living
Quiet, peaceful places to rest and recharge
A warm dinner, ready for you every night
Convenient access to nearby hospitals, including Maine Medical Center
A community of families and friends you can relate to
This is the House where families meet to continue their lives, to eat and sleep, to find their strength and dry their tears, to look forward with hope to better years. This is the House that becomes their home. This is the House that love built.
We serve families of patients ages 21 years or younger who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals at a distance from their home. When the Ronald McDonald House is at full capacity, we began a waitlist as we work on a first come, first serve basis.
Families are welcomed to the Ronald McDonald House at absolutely no charge. We understand how costly a serious illness can be. Besides medical costs, a family’s income often declines when a child is hospitalized as parents take extended leave from work to care for their child. Though no payment is ever expected, if a family wishes to contribute towards their stay after check out, we suggest a nominal donation of $10 per night.
On average, it costs $80 per night to accommodate one guest family at the Ronald McDonald House – Portland, Maine. We rely on the generosity of our donors to provide services at no charge to families. Click here to donate now.
Families are able to stay with us for as long as their child is receiving care and the family is actively participating in their care plan. Your stay may be extended based on several factors including your child’s treatment plan, input from your child’s hospital case worker or social worker, and the needs of other families on the waiting list.
Limited transportation may be available to help families get to and from medical appointments outside the hospital. Please work with our staff, allowing as much advance notice as possible, if you find yourself in need.