Who We Are



Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis offers children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic illnesses undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and their families a nurturing, family-centered residential community. The House fosters an environment of hope through support services and child-centered activities that encourage children to be children and keep families together near the care they need, always free of charge.


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis  is an independent, community supported 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Ronald McDonald House of Memphis is a residential housing unit only – the patients receive no medical attention or treatments at the house. Ronald McDonald House is nondiscriminatory and non-sectarian. 

Since opening in 1991, we have housed more than 9,600 children from nearly every state and 45 countries. All families stay completely free of charge. Our doors are open to every patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, gender, national origin, and age. 

In 2017, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis provided a home for more than 380 families and children, all because of the love and generous donations of our donors and volunteers. 44 days is the average length of stay.

The actual cost of operating each room per night is $140.

The vast majority of funding needed to operate a Ronald McDonald House® is provided by residents of the communities served by the House - individuals, corporations, foundations, and civic groups, to name a few. 

Ronald McDonald House of Memphis can give a family more time with their sick child. That means more hugs, more kisses and more “I love yous.”

Because of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, families can face the weight of illness together.

We enable families to focus on the health of their children rather than anything else - paying bills, cooking meals or cleaning the House.

Families are allowed to preserve a sense of normalcy with warm beds, warm meals, and warm hugs from other families fighting the same battle. 



Ronald McDonald Houses® are owned and operated by local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities®, based in Oak Brook, Illinois. Each local chapter is licensed by McDonald's Corporation and operates as an IRS designated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

While all chapters are part of the overall Ronald McDonald House Charities® system, each is overseen at the local level by its own Board of Trustees and is supported by individuals, organizations, businesses, and foundations within the local community. 

Learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities®.



Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis is solely associated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a primarily out-patient hospital, meaning that the actual patients and their families live within Ronald McDonald House. 

Although Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis receives generous support from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis is an independent, community supported, 501(c)3 not-for profit organization and is NOT owned and/or operated by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

More information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


The partnership between McDonald’s Corporation and Ronald McDonald House Charities® and its programs dates back to the inception of the charitable organization.

Collectively McDonald’s utilizes their restaurants, advertising dollars, packaging and crew to create customer awareness and support of the charity. Local McDonald’s owners/operators participate in fundraisers, volunteer their time to special events, and serve on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

McDonald’s hosts in-restaurant fundraisers throughout the year, including Ronald McDonald House Charities® Donation Boxes placed on the counters and in the drive-thru windows at McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s also conducts a world-wide fundraiser annually, known as McHappy Day. Since 2002, over $170 million has been raised worldwide for Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Get more information on McDonald's® Corporation.


Initial efforts to build a Ronald McDonald House® in Memphis began in the early 1980s when local McDonald’s owners/operators, led by Saul Kaplan discussed the possibility of a Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.

When in 1983, Dr. Joe Simone became the medical director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a group of McDonald’s operators met with St. Jude administrators to formally discuss the formation of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Construction began in 1990 and the house opened in September 1991.


In the late 1990’s St. Jude announced plans for a major expansion and the demand for patient housing increased dramatically. In 1999 St. Jude officials asked the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors to expand to house more families. In 2000 Ronald McDonald House became more than twice its original size as 27 bedrooms were added to the original 24, providing a total of 51 bedrooms for our families.

In 2014 two 2-bedroom apartments were added to better accommodate families needing extended stays or other special needs.Ronald McDonald House of Memphis is now a 53 bedroom home, providing care and comfort to families whose children are battling cancer.


With support from the community, local McDonald's Memphis Area Co-Op, and founding partners such as Alpha Delta Pi sorority, The FedEx Pilot's Wives Association and proceeds from our annual Radiothon, Ronald McDonald House® of Memphis now features a fitness room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a meditation room and a teen room with pool tables, gaming systems and lounge areas.

Learn more about the history of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis.



  • Valentine's Day Feb 15
    On the night of February 14th, Ronald McDonald House hosted a Parents NIght In.  It had a Valentine's Day theme and the House was decorated with hearts and balloons.  Charlie's Meat...
  • Memphis Express, Southern Hot Wings, and Birthdays at RMHC Memphis Feb 14
    Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Memphis hosted a party for its residents’ February birthdays.  Memphis Express, the new professional football team with the Alliance of America...
  • “You are a huge part of our journey” Sep 21
    Jenny says to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis , “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – if it wasn’t for you guys we would worry about where we are going to live. You are a hu...
  • Parents Night In Sep 11
    Supergirl came and recruited another supergirl at our Parents Night In!  Batman was flying around, too, as they helped lead our two scavenger hunt teams!  Parents enjoyed trivia by themselv...