Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

A nonprofit organization

$635,826 raised by 1,512 donors

Providing Hope, Stability and a Place to Call Home

When families have a seriously ill child and need to seek medical care far from their own homes, they can turn to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver to find a home away from home.  At no cost. For as long as treatment takes.  RMHC-Denver gives families with sick children what they need the most — each other. Between our two Houses (Denver and Aurora) we are able to keep 118 families close to their hospitalized children each night.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver keeps families of sick children, who are being treated at area hospitals, together and close to the care and resources that they need.

Background Statement

The legacy began in 1974 with Fred Hill, of the Philadelphia Eagles, whose daughter had leukemia. He and his wife vowed to remain by her side at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sleep-deprived and nourished only by vending machines, they met others despairing in waiting rooms, parents far from home. Although he could afford the best medical care and a place to stay, he observed that this was not true for many of the other families he came to know.

So, with the help of his team, Philadelphia Memorial Children's Hospital and the local McDonald's Owners, the first Ronald McDonald House was opened. This concept spread rapidly, first to Chicago and then to Denver where in January 1979 the third House was opened at 1000 E. 16th Ave. Since that time over 300 houses have been opened across the nation and around the world.

The original Denver House served the community for more than 20 years before a new House was built and opened in April 2001 in response to the ever-increasing needs of families and children. The House now resides at 1300 E. 21st Ave. in Denver within walking distance to three of the major hospitals and a short driving distance to most others. In 2008 a second Ronald McDonald House opened in Aurora, Colorado due to the re-location of The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital.

In 2015, the Denver House was expanded to add 44 new sleeping rooms and now has space for 73 families each night. House features include; 3 kitchens, laundry facilities, TV lounges and dens, play areas and staff and volunteer offices. The Aurora House serves forty-five families with 3 large kitchens, two laundry facilities, TV lounges, play areas indoors and out, computer rooms and a patio area. Both Houses meet all ADA standards. Last year more than 3,500 families called us a home-away-from-home.

Organization Data


Organization name

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

other names

RMHC of Denver

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Human Services, Health Care

Organization Size

Large Organization


Ronald McDonald House Denver 1300 East 21st Avenue
Denver, CO 80205


Ronald McDonald House Aurora 932 Potomac Circle
Aurora, CO 80011

Service areas

Adams County, CO, US

Weld County, CO, US

Jefferson County, CO, US

Larimer County, CO, US

Douglas County, CO, US





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