What We Do
Offering strength and hope each day, every day
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, we keep families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. At our three Houses adjacent to Children’s Mercy Hospital and Ronald McDonald Family Room, we create places of respite where families can rally around and support one another. While we are near Children’s Mercy downtown, we serve all pediatric hospitals in Kansas City.
The Longfellow House was a unique project made possible by an unprecedented partnership between KCMO Parks and Recreation, Hallmark Corporation and RMHC-KC. With 41 bedrooms, 12 of which are immunosuppressed suites, this is the largest Ronald McDonald House on Hospital Hill.
The second Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City opened on September 19, 1988, exactly 7 years after the first Kansas City Ronald McDonald House had opened. It has 19 bedrooms for families, and includes an outdoor playground and Sporting KC basement. It was renamed on its 30th birthday to honor Dr. Phyliss and Bob Bernstein and their family.
The Wylie House was the third Ronald McDonald House opened on Feb. 12, 2015. Adding 20 more bedrooms to make 87 total in Kansas City, the Wylie House was built in order for RMHC-KC to be there every time for the families that need their services. With area hospitals growing and expanding, the waiting list grew to unmanageable numbers, and this House was the answer to that need.
Click to see a video of the Grand Opening.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a special place within Children’s Mercy where inpatient families can rest and still be close to their child. It offers a comfortable home-like setting including a living room area with a television, fully equipped kitchen and a quiet room for conversation and phone calls. The Family Room has 7 overnight sleeping bedrooms, showers and a laundry facility open to families. Volunteers serve a dinner nearly every night, and our kitchen is stocked with donated snacks and food items.
Community Room at Longfellow House
Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Longfellow House features a Community Room, available for use by outside groups. The room is available seven days a week between the hours of 8:30am and 8:30pm with prior scheduling. **We are not currently taking reservations for our Community Room due to COVID-19 precautions.**
The room can accommodate 30 people with tables and 40 people with theater-style seating. The furniture in the room may be arranged to meet your needs. Please email [email protected] to check availability and to make a reservation.
While the Ronald McDonald House Community Room can be used by your group at no charge, we encourage you to visit our “Wish List” to see if there are any items you can contribute to help us meet our mission. We rely heavily on the community’s generous support to provide lodging and support for the children and families.