Our Mission


Ronald McDonald House Charities® provides a “home away from home”, a refuge, for families who are trying to cope with the physical, emotional and financial burdens of having a seriously ill child. Parents do not have to sleep in hospital waiting rooms or bear the expense and loneliness of motel lodging. At the House they have an extended family – other house guests – who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns and who are able to offer emotional support and a sympathetic ear.


Through the combined efforts of the Junior League of Fresno and the owner-operators of the Central Valley McDonald’s® Restaurants, plus the generosity of the local community, the Central Valley Ronald McDonald House became the fourth in California. At that time, more than 60 House programs were in operation, with many more planned. The first House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. There are now nearly 205 Ronald McDonald House programs around the world.

Our Mission


Our new House accommodates 18 families for a nominal fee. The fee is waived if a family is unable to pay. A manager is always on duty to oversee the daily operation of the House. Guests maintain their own room, can do their own cooking, laundry, and help with the chores of the House. Each family has a private bedroom, bath and closet. Common living areas provide laundry facilities, kitchen and dining, along with a library, game room, TV room and children’s playroom. There is also an outdoor play area to enjoy. The comfort of home is only steps away from the Children’s Hospital.


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Central Valley is a non-profit organization whose board of directors is composed of community volunteers. While the Central Valley McDonald’s® owners-operators assist in promoting volunteer efforts, fundraising and gifts in-kind for the House, the major portion of funding for daily operation must come from communities throughout.