Our History

Since 1988 Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area has been keeping families close in a place that feels like home – providing stability and resources when they need it most.  The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) is to surround families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together.  RMHC is committed to providing exceptional programs for families with seriously ill or injured children with fiscal responsibility, accountability – and thoughtfulness.

Through our two core programs, the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room, we provide families the ability to face the weight of illness together in close proximity to the treatment facility.  By creating a comforting and supportive space for families, we are able to help ease many of their day-to-day burdens so that parents can focus on what is most important — the well-being of their sick or injured child. Most importantly, our House and Family Room programs are filled with love, support and compassion.

Our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of children receiving treatment at area hospitals. Seriously ill or injured children cope better when surrounded by loved ones. Our mission is made possible through the help of our partner-in-care, McDonald’s, and thanks to the donations and gifts from generous individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations. The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City continues to open welcoming doors to families in need, by keeping families close, so that together they can rest and regroup; hope and heal; laugh and love.

The Park That Love Built by O.C. Tanner for Ronald McDonald House was completed in May 2020. This backyard park sits directly North of the Ronald McDonald House and offers pediatric patient families a beautiful, green space to retreat, recreate and heal. The park features winding pathways, a soothing bird bath fountain, a shaded pergola area with picnic tables, raised planter boxes that grow our own vegetables, an accessible playground with a splash pad, a children’s stage, and our Legacy of Love Wall. You can learn more about this space and take a virtual tour by clicking here.

A Look Back on 30 Years at the Ronald McDonald House

What started as a 13-room house in 1988 has grown to a 72-room house in Salt Lake City, along with two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Primary Children’s Hospital each with 4-rooms, and our Hospitality Cart at Ogden Regional Medical Center.  With the help of our community over the last thirty years, we have served over 100,000 families! Click here to celebrate this legacy of love and look back on the last 30 years of incredible moments through photos and a timeline.


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