FAQs

What is the difference between Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi?

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi is the legal, incorporated name of the non-profit organization that offers two programs benefiting children and families in Mississippi. The cornerstone program is Ronald McDonald House. The second program is Community Grants.

 

How can I stay at Ronald McDonald House?

Families are referred to the House through Coordinated Care or Social Services department at the hospital treating their child. Ask your child’s nurse to contact the appropriate staff member about getting a referral.

 

Who is eligible to stay at Ronald McDonald House?

Families with a child(ren) from birth to 18 who are being treated at Jackson area hospitals or medical facilities.

 

Where is Ronald McDonald House located?

We are located on the northwest corner of University of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson. The House is within walking distance of Batson Children’s Hospital and close to all other major hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The street address is 2524 N. State Street, Jackson, MS  39216.

 

Who owns and operates Ronald McDonald House?

The House is owned and operated by the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The legal name is Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi and is governed by a Board of Directors.

 

How is Ronald McDonald House funded?

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi is 100% community funded with funding coming from organizations, businesses and generous individuals. RMHC MS does not receive any federal or state grant-funding.

 

Doesn’t McDonald’s fund Ronald McDonald House?

Mississippi McDonald’s owners support RMHC MS’s fundraising events and designate money from specific restaurant sales in support of our programs.

 

How much does it cost to stay at Ronald McDonald House?

A modest donation of $8 per night is recommended; however, no family is turned away because of inability to contribute financially.

 

How long do families usually stay at Ronald McDonald House?

A family can be with us just one night or as long as several months. After thirty days of continuous stay, families rotate from Ronald McDonald House giving another family the opportunity to be near their hospitalized child. Many families return for repeat stays and call Ronald McDonald House their home for up to as many as six months.

 

How can an organization be considered for a community grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi?

Applicants must be designated as not-for-profit/tax-exempt as defined under the IRS code. Partisan, political or denominational programs; general and administrative costs as typically defined in accounting protocols; endowment campaigns; ongoing salaries or travel expense; and requests that are not on RMHC of MS grant forms will not be funded.

 

How will I know when the grants are being offered?

When the Board designates funds for the grant program, a press release announcing target and project focus is sent to the media; placed on our web site and our Facebook page; and presented to key stakeholders. Submission guidelines are provided at that time.

 

What are the responsibilities of a grant recipient?

The recipient must use the funds for the specific project originally intended within 12 months of the date the funds are received. RMHC of MS requires that a detailed accounting of awarded funds along with a follow-up summary report be submitted no more than eighteen (18) months from the date the funds are received. Any funds not used in the manner specified must be returned to RMHC of MS.