Mission and History

 

Our Mission

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion, and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at area hospitals. 

 

Our History

The history of Ronald McDonald House nationally and our Ronald McDonald House of Mobile are both the story of what one motivated, determined person can do. For all Ronald McDonald Houses that person was professional football player, Fred Hill of the Philadelphia Eagles whose daughter had leukemia. After many nights of sleeping in hospital waiting rooms and eating vending machine food he thought there had to be a better way for families with children in the hospital. He approached the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and together they approached McDonalds to build the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974 in Philadelphia.

Here in Mobile, the one person who got our House started was Gray Zimlich. Her son, Day had a brain tumor when he was 10 years old and they stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Boston while he was receiving treatment. On the way home, Day told his mother Mobile needed a Ronald McDonald House and she promised him she would make it happen and she did. Our House took in our first family in February 2000. We have the distinction of being the first new House of the new millennium. Originally Ronald McDonald House of Mobile could accomodate up to 12 families but now after an expansion completed in May of 2011 our House can house up to 38 families of hospitalized children.

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Featured Family

The Smith Family: 
"The volunteers & staff that greet you each time you enter the front door, always ready to celebrate the smallest milestone, or offer encouragement with news of a setback, the family meals cooked with so much love so you have one less thing to worry about. Every detail is taken care of..." Read more.

Featured Event


April 8: Hippity hop, it's the Bunny Hop! The Red Shoe Krewe presents the 14th annual Bunny Hop Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 8 from 1-3 p.m. ! Learn more.

House News

Groups Needed!
2017 Family Meals: Volunteer to prepare and serve a meal for families that stay at our Ronald McDonald House! Groups welcome! Help us take the worry and hassle of food preparation away so that our families can focus on their hospitalized child. Learn more.


Bring your Easter basket to Geri Moulton Children's Park at USA Children's and Women's Hospital for an Easter "egg-stravaganza" featuring games, crafts, food, face-painting, balloons, petting zoo, and more!


When families walk into a Ronald McDonald Family Room, we want them to forget they’re in a hospital. Often steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just moments away from their sick child.

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