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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
WHAT IS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE?
Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States.  It is a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children (0 - 18 years) and ill expectant mothers being treated at nearby Freeman Hospitals and Mercy Hospital Joplin.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
Ronald McDonald House of the Four States is located at 3402 S. Jackson Avenue (within walking distance of Freeman Hospital West and Mercy Hospital Joplin.
WHEN DID IT OPEN?
Our House opened on July 27, 1998.  We registered our first guest on August 20, 1998.  Since then we have served over 2,500 families from 36 different states and two foreign countries.
WHO USES OUR HOUSE?
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Parents with newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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Trauma victims (i.e. auto accidents) involving children 18 years of age and under
 * Children who have specialized surgeries (i.e., dental, orthopedic)
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Mothers developing illness during pregnancy requiring continuous rest or monitoring
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Children with illness requiring extended hospitalization.
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Architect:
Lawrence & Associates

General Contractor:
Joplin Construction Design & Management
WHAT SERVICES DOES OUR HOUSE PROVIDE
Our 10,054 square foot main level includes:
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Ten large bedrooms, each with its own private bath
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Two large family rooms, one with a self-contained children's play area
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Kitchen and laundry facilities
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Two conference rooms
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A Chapel
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An outdoor play area
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A patio and garden area
Families have access to: 
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Transportation to and from the hospital, and necessary errands
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Meals, which are often provided by local restaurants, churches, and volunteers
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Long Distance Calling Cards so families can keep in touch
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Computers and Internet Service
Our 3,946 square foot lower level includes a recreation area, and four additional bedroom suites for expansion.
Ronald McDonald House is more than a place to stay.  It's more than a building.  It is a temporary affordable home where
families and their children receive support from other families and volunteers during a time of stress within a family.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STAY THERE?
Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are asked to contribute $10 per night.  If that is not possible, their stay is free.
HOW IS OUR HOUSE STAFFED?
One full time house manager and over 140 active volunteers operate this 24 hours a day, 365 days a year program.  
The House manager oversees the day-to-day operation.  Volunteers help with all aspects of the House including housekeeping, support and
services to families, night manager duties, meal preparation and fundraising.
HOW IS OUR HOUSE FUNDED?
All monies needed to operate the program are derived through individual and/or corporate donations.  Ronald McDonald House is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization
 established as a 501c3.  Donations are tax deductible.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO OPERATE OUR HOUSE?
Monthly operating costs average $26,900 per month.
WHY IS OUR HOUSE CALLED THE 'RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE?'
Founders of the first RMH in Philadelphia selected the name "Ronald McDonald House" because this beloved clown is a symbol of happiness to children around the world.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE MCDONALD'S CORPORATION IN RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE?
A common misconception is that a Ronald McDonald House is owned or in some way funded by the McDonald Corporation.  Each Ronald McDonald House is locally owned and operated - ours
 by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States, a non-profit corporation which has obtained its tax exemption under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  It is the proven philosophy
of the Ronald McDonald House nationwide that the local community commitment that will ensure the continued success of any house is built upon the local community raising the necessary funds to
build and operate the House.  It is the commitment of each local community to their House which has allowed the Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide to build and establish a track record of never
having any House fail for lack of funding or community support after it has opened.  McDonald's and those affiliated with McDonald's play an important role in the House.  The local owner/operators
of McDonald's restaurants pledge their support for a fundraising base and assist with various fundraisers throughout the year.  Through our affiliation we also receive numerous in-kind donations.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES?
Ronald McDonald House of the Four States is part of the only worldwide service of its kind.

The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974.  Fred and Fran Hill's daughter Kim was undergoing treatment for leukemia.  During Kim's three years of treatment, the Hills
grew tired of sleeping in the hospital waiting room and eating meals out of vending machines.  Fred, who was a player for the Philadelphia Eagles at the time, rallied the support of his
teammates and General Manager Jim Murray; Dr. Audrey Evans from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and local McDonald's franchisees to create Ronald McDonald House.
In the Words of Our Guests . . .

 

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