A "home away from home" for families of sick children
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga is to provide a “home away from home” for families of critically ill or injured children and to support programs that address the health, education and well-being of children. The mission is accomplished with four programs: 1) Ronald McDonald House, a 26-bedroom temporary housing facility that annually provides services to 550-600 families of children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses; 2) Ronald McDonald Family Room, a day respite facility inside Children’s Hospital at Erlanger staffed by volunteers 12 hours per day to allow those caring for loved ones to eat, shower, do laundry, check email and rest away from the patient or other waiting areas. The Family Room averages 22,000 individual visits per year. 3) Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile school-based medical clinic providing advanced medical care to children in Bradley and Polk counties; and 4) RMHC Scholarship Program which provides 40-50 rising college freshmen with a $1,000 scholarship each year. The targeted age for all services is determined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as children ages 0-21.