As our cornerstone program, Ronald McDonald House serves as a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who travel to Jackson for specialized medical care. It is a home where families can reside in a caring and comfortable environment; share their fears and concerns; receive the support of others who are in similar circumstances; and gain strength during the most difficult time in their lives.
Mississippi’s Ronald McDonald House is a two-story residence that includes 16 bedrooms with private baths, four fully-equipped kitchens, a playroom, a large dining and family room, two laundry rooms, private sitting areas, relaxing outdoor courtyard, and gated parking.
The medical community is recognizing the importance of family-centered care for pediatric patients. This has resulted in an understanding of the vital role of Ronald McDonald House. A research study published in 2013 in Families, Systems and Health, a journal of the American Psychological Association finds that families who stayed together at a Ronald McDonald House, for even a portion of their child’s hospital stay, believed their ability to stay nearby helped their child recover and spend less time in the hospital.
Mississippi’s Ronald McDonald House allows families to focus their energy and their resources on giving healing love and support to their sick children. And, as families share their experience with others in Ronald McDonald House, they provide a caring support system.