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Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Who We Are

The purpose of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is simple: we keep families close to each other and the care they need, when they need it most.

Through the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City and our Family Rooms in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, we help remove the barriers that separate families while they receive out-of-town treatment for a critically ill or injured child. We’re more than just a place to stay—our House and Family Rooms provide the essential comforts of home: warm beds, hot showers, home-cooked meals, kitchen and laundry facilities, a playground, recreation areas, and more.

Founded in 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. RMHC-EIWI provides care and comfort to children and their families by supporting the 31-room “home away from home” Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. Additional programs include a Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, a Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Food Pantry at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. RMHC-EIWI also supports not-for-profit children’s programs and students making a difference in eastern Iowa and western Illinois through its grants and scholarships program.

What We Do

When a child is seriously ill or injured, many families must travel far from home to get the specialized treatment their child needs. Sometimes the treatment lasts a day or two, other times it may be weeks, months, or more—that’s a long time to be away from your home, your job, and your family.

The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois serves these families by providing the comfort and amenities they need while their child recovers. Whether they are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, or one of our Family Rooms at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, we keep families close so they can heal together.