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Keeping Families Close

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at nearby medical facilities. The Houses help keep families together by offering a safe, supportive, welcoming environment that gives guests a sense of normalcy and lets caregivers focus on the needs of the young patients.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is a service-focused organization, committed to the safety, security, and comfort of guests. We are sensitive to the needs of guest families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All families referred to the Houses are welcomed with open arms regardless of their financial situation.

To be eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses, a family must live 30 miles or more from Sioux Falls and must have received a referral to stay. Referrals for stays are made through the social workers at area hospitals or staff of area medical clinics where the patient is receiving treatment. For those patients 18 and under, the hospital will assign a social worker who can choose to make a referral to either of the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Sioux Falls. For patients aged 18-21, your doctor’s office can make a referral. A referral is not a “reservation” and does not guarantee availability of rooms. Please discuss this with a social worker or case manager if you are interested in accessing RMHC services.

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Offering strength and hope each day, every day

Ronald McDonald House near Sanford Children’s Castle

Located near Sanford, this House welcomed its first family on January 13, 2010. The original 20,000 square foot house had 18 bedrooms and was constructed by the helping hands of over 99 members of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE). In addition to the labor, HBASE members donated thousands of dollars in cash and materials to the construction project. The HBASE received the esteemed South Dakota Builders Association 2009 Project of the Year Award for the construction of this Ronald McDonald House. In 2014 the House expanded to 21 bedrooms and now includes an education room to conduct family-centered education activities.

825 S. Lake Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 336-6398

Ronald McDonald House near Avera

Located across from Avera McKennan, this House opened in August of 2008 and is part of the Walsh Family Village. The land for the house and the construction of the shell was built through generous donations from Avera McKennan.

808 E. 24th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 332-1035
My granddaughter was born at 24 weeks and airlifted to Sioux Falls. Her mommy stayed at Ronald McDonald House Charities from June 2013 until the end of September 2013 until Kenna got to come home. Her daddy came every weekend and Wednesday night.
My NICU babies! 5 year old big brother was in for about 80 days and 6 month old little sister was in for 9 days. So thankful for Ronald McDonald House Charities both times!
We spent 52 days in 2017 with our twin girls.
Going home after 91 days!
Going home after 105 days!
Our daughter spent 114 days in the Sanford NICU. RMHC made us feel so safe and welcome. We called it our second home. Our daughter is now 2 years old and doing great. Thank you so much to the RMHC staff and volunteers.
We spent 28 days at RMHC in October and November of 2015. We are so thankful that we were able to be close to our son who was in the NICU. He had suffered a stroke in utero and had heart and lung issues and meningitis. He's a healthy boy today!
3 years of no cancer!
Going home after 38 days!
Going home after 20 days!
We stayed at RMHC while our son was in the NICU for 44 days. The staff at RMHC were so pleasant and friendly. It was so nice coming back to the house in the evening and having someone to talk to. Maddux was born on March 26, 2019. He was born 7 weeks and 5 days early.
He is so happy! Thank you. We are so grateful for the Ronald McDonald House. We wouldn't have been able to be with him every day. The staff was incredible. It was so nice having someone to visit with in the evenings. They definitely made things a little bit easier on us.
My daughter was 7 weeks early. She was born with many things wrong with her including pneumonia, sepsis, jaundice, etc. We were told that they weren't sure she was going to make it. Just 6 days after she was born, she was off the ventilator and 19 days after she was born, we got to bring her home. Thanks to RMHC for a comfortable home away from home for us while she was in the hospital and I was recovering from an emergency c-section. Here she is 21 years later on her first day of her junior year at college.
Going home after 106 days!
Going home after 56 days!