In Baltimore, we are truly blessed. Home to world-renowned hospitals, our community offers access to some of the most cutting-edge pediatric treatment medicine has to offer. Because of this, each year thousands of children are referred here for life-saving medical care. They come with their families from all over Maryland, the United States and even the world, for the one thing their own communities cannot offer – hope for a future.
Alone and in an unfamiliar city, these families find physical and emotional refuge through the Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland. But the numbers who need us far exceed those we can accommodate. For every family we help, dozens more are turned away. Sometimes as many as 35 a night.
Therefore, after years of planning and fundraising, we are thrilled to watch construction begin and our dream of a New Ronald McDonald House become reality, ensuring Baltimore continues offering access to not only the best pediatric care, but the most effective and compassionate family-centered care in the world. Thanks to the incredible support of the community and under the stewardship of campaign co-chairs Bill Paterakis and Chuck Langmead, we will double our capacity to serve families in crisis who come to Baltimore in search of hope at our world class medical institutions.
The new House will have state-of-the-art amenities, while keeping the heart and soul of the Ronald McDonald House mission front and center with our focus on being a place of respite, comfort, compassion and support.
The new $30 million, 60,000 square foot Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland will be located at 1 Aisquith Street in the Jonestown neighborhood of Baltimore. Construction on the new House, which will replace the existing House, is expected to take 18-24 months. The new Ronald McDonald House will reflect a commitment to incorporate best practices into all of our programs and services. Each amenity included in the design of the new house was carefully selected through input from staff, volunteers and families. The new House will serve approximately 55 families daily and 2,200 families annually through:
- 55 family guest rooms, including 9 suites designed for bone marrow and transplant patients and 45 standard guest rooms
- Strategically designed community gathering spaces that promote interaction among guests
- Accessible kitchen and dining room
- A Meditation Room for solitude and respite
- A Teen and Young Adult Room
- Student Classroom Space
- A state-of-the-art Family Business Center with computers, printers, and internet accessibility
- Outdoor playground with an adjacent picnic and dining area for outdoor meals and special events
- The Magic Room – a “kids only” room
- Laundry and Exercise Facilities
- Fully accessible bathrooms
- A Private kitchen and dining space for immune suppressed families and those who need a calm area for mealtime
- Specialized air handling systems
- Roof Top Terrace
- Conference and Multipurpose Room
Additionally, as part of its commitment to the neighborhood and a belief in giving back to the community, Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland will be a vested partner in the ongoing revitalization of historic Jonestown. The new House will work with the community to renovate the adjacent McKim Park to include a new basketball court, new playground and upgraded green space. These recreation facilities will be available to the community, as well as the families staying at the House. The park renovation project has been created from a partnership between the Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
Construction and building partners include Beatty, Harvey and Coco Architects, Morris and Ritchie Associates, Whiting Turner, Kirk Designs and Harbor East Management. There are still room naming opportunities remaining, and donations are still needed to fund the final phases of the new building. For more information, please contact Sandy Pagnotti, (410) 528-1010 ext. 102