The House That Love Built
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The first Ronald McDonald House was launched in Philadelphia in 1974. Today there are over 200 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.
Our Denver House, built in 1911, is located on the corner of 16th Avenue and Ogden and is close to 5 major hospitals. The 11,000 square foot home has 15 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, playroom, living room, dining room, laundry room and outside play area.
Over 10,000 families have been guests at the House since its opening in 1979. Occupancy rates are nearly 100% and many families are turned away each night for lack of accomodations. Families staying at the House must have a child under age 18 who is receiving treatment or hospitalized at a nearby hospital. Families at the House are most commonly receiving treatment for cancer, heart problems, premature newborns, transplants, respiratory problems or trauma.
The Denver House is truly a community effort and labor of love. Although each House is affiliated with an international network of more than 197 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, the Denver House is an independent, non-profit corporation, locally owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc. Our House is not a United Way Agency and receives no government funding. We are entirely dependent on donations from the community.
The House is run by a Board of Directors, who are all volunteers --- parents, health professionals, McDonald's representatives, business and civic leaders. Volunteers are dedicated and work at the House daily or on an as-needed basis, providing support, comfort and innumerable hours of time for our families.
Information for Families staying at Ronald McDonald House
Our Wish List of common household items we hope you'll donate
Letter from Pam Whitaker, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House
With Ronald McDonald at Ground Breaking ceremonies for the new Denver house on October 8, 1999, Board Past President Tony Taddonio introduces the staff, from left to right, Executive Director Pam Whitaker, Special Events Coordinator Tony Fox, Tanya Mietkowski and House Manager Felicia Carr.
In Denver McDonald's Corporation and individual owner/operators generously contribute to approximately 20% of the annual operating costs of the House. The rest of the funding is derived through special events held throughout the year in Denver. It is because of efforts like these that the House has been mortgage free since 1984.
Volunteers are the heart of the House. Today there are over 200 volunteers associated with the Ronald McDonald House of Denver. These volunteers perform every necessary task from preparing meals for families, to volunteering at our summer children's cancer camp, to sitting on our Board of Directors.
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