History

Our Story

The Ronald McDonald House was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their children – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. For the past 39 years, RMHC Maryland has been doing exactly that. Since opening the doors in 1982, over 45,000 families have come through our doors and been provide a “home-away-from-home” when they have needed it most.

The initial Ronald McDonald House of Maryland was the labor of love of a small group of dedicated volunteers and our McDonald’s partners. Located on land granted from the University of Maryland Medical System, the original House opened on June 28, 1982. 

Since the initial House opened, RMHCMD has gone through 3 major expansions. In 1982, the house was expanded to serve 34 families. In 2015, we changed our name from RMHC Baltimore to RMHC Maryland to reflect our geographic impact in the region. In 2016, RMHC MD launched an ambitious Campaign to build a brand-new House that would double our capacity. In 2019, our $35 million, 60,000 sq foot house opened on Aisquith Street in downtown Baltimore. Thanks to the generosity of so many, including a $5 million grant, the largest single gift ever received from the Weinberg Foundation, we are able to serve more than 2,400 families annually.

RMHC Maryland is able to keep families close to the hospital and close to each other, thanks to the Maryland community that has supported and sustained us from Day 1.