Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida offers a “home-away-from-home” for families who are in Gainesville to be with their sick child. In this welcoming and supportive environment, families find the physical and emotional support they need. In addition, they have an opportunity to bond with other families and offer encouragement to others who are facing similar crises.
Housing is provided for those family members who will be directly involved with the daily support of the patient. However, siblings are always welcome in the House regardless of their status as visitor or care-giver.
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- 31 bedrooms with private baths, TV, DVD, cable and phones with voice mail
- Two fully equipped kitchens, with shared refrigerated & private non-perishable food storage
- Help-Yourself pantry and cupboards
- Two laundry rooms with free washers, dryers and laundry supplies
- Two living rooms with televisions and DVD players
- Private Pumping Room for nursing mothers
- A children’s playroom
- An outdoor playground area
- Family Business Center with computer & printer
- Free Wi-Fi access throughout the House
- Calm sanctuary in our Butterfly Garden
- Common areas to read and relax
- A shuttle, courtesy of UF Health Shands Hospital, provides transportation to the hospital and UF Health Shands Medical Plaza Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. There is no shuttle service on weekends or holidays.
- Our House has NO transportation services, but is on several local RTS bus routes.
- Our Visiting Chef program’s goal is to have dinner every night at 6 p.m. Occasionally, our Visiting Chefs also offer breakfasts and lunches.
- Both kitchens have Help-Yourself refrigerators and stocked pantry shelves.
- Activities are provided on a fairly regular basis, such as: chair massages by the students of the Florida School of Massage, arts &craft classes for children and adults, support group meetings for parents, and occasional 2- and 4-legged special guests & visitors.
Health Statement: Anyone with an infectious disease, or who recently has been exposed to an infectious disease, will be denied admittance to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida (RMHCNCF) program and/or facility. All staff, volunteers, program participants and visitors must be compliant with the policy. Anyone who develops a contagious condition during his/her participation at RMHCNCF program may be dismissed from the program. With appropriate documentation that the individual is not a threat to a communal environment, the person may be reinstated in the RMHCNCF program.
Guests of our House must live outside Alachua County and have a patient who meets the following criteria:
- The patient must be 21 years or younger, single and receiving medical treatment at a local medical facility.
- Parents must be over 18 years old; if not, they must have an immediate adult family member over the age of 18 stay with them at all times.
- Potential guests may not be registered sex offenders or have any convictions or pending cases of child abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
- Corporal(physical) punishment is not allowed in Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida (RMHCNCF).
ALL overnight guests in the House must:
- Check in before 8:30 p.m.
- Provide a photo-ID
- Wear an ID band while in the House
- Have the ability to function in a community environment.
- Wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times.
- Diapers are required for all untrained children.
While it costs RMHC of NCF more than $100 per night per room to provide lodging and other services, the House requests a donation of $15 for a night’s stay. However, a family is never turned away because of their inability to pay.
Room donations go directly to support our mission of helping children and families. You may contribute your donation daily or weekly. Please make an appointment with the House Operations Director if you are unable to meet this suggested donation schedule.