40 Years: Honoring Our Past and Looking Ahead

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A Legacy of Equal Parts
Love and Perseverance

It’s been 40 years since this journey began, 40 years since visionaries whose hearts were filled with love, compassion and tenacity turned a dream into reality.

That dream dared to consider meaningful ways the Atlanta community could help sick children and their families. It challenged conventional thinking and continued to ask and force answers to, “What if?”

Beth Howell

40 Years Bear
Witness to Fortitude

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a testament to hope, and these last few months have proven once again that the House that Love Built 40 years ago is as resilient and capable as ever.

Marathon Stay

Tiny Callie Butler had some big help getting started in this world, and while many who rallied around her had lofty titles, her leading champion goes by “Mom.”

Generous Hearts

Listen carefully to Jael Arroyo’s story about what the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House has offered through the years, and you’ll hear something exceptional.

Reclaiming Lives

When so much about their lives changed abruptly, it’s what stayed the same that proved the most reassuring to the DeMott family.

A Year of Change

Last year changed how James Nelson sees a lot of things. If you had asked him about the Ronald McDonald House, his answer would have been sincere but different.

Better Days

Anticipation has always been a type of saving grace for Ryan Hamner. The combination of hope, expectancy and an occasional surprise proved a worthy adversary to chemo…

Rounding Up

The request is simple and the immediate return may be modest, but the reward is proving to be extraordinary. “Would you like to round up for the Ronald McDonald House?” asks Jeff Nichelson.

Corporate Responsibility

Its conference rooms may be where Novelis’ corporate responsibility is preached, but our families can attest that our Houses are where it is practiced.

Icing on the Cake

Everyone knows when brother-sister baking duo, Mike Smith and Pam Flowe, are in the Peachtree Dunwoody House. The scent wafting from the kitchen is unmistakable.

Lead by Example

With creativity, commitment and generosity, Dickerson Middle School used its own 40th anniversary to live up to its motto, lead by example and raised more than $15,000.

Partnership of Love

In the history of the House That Love Built, the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi stand as primary contractors. The national sorority chose Ronald McDonald House Charities as its official philanthropy in 1979.

Our Impact: Serving 3,518 families through our Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Our Ronald McDonald Houses

House near Egleston

$4.6 million

Saved by families staying
at our two Ronald McDonald Houses


Total number of family visits


Nights of rest provided to families

385 nights

Longest stay by one family, Candace, Roy,
Colton, Camden and Baby Callie

144 Georgia counties

39 U.S. states

House near Scottish Rite

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Ronald McDonald Family Room


Total family visits, including


Families from


Metro Atlanta counties

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile


Children treated


Asthma visits


Telemedicine visits


Atlanta Public Schools

Our Volunteers

Atlanta RMHC volunteers

$1.25 Million

Donated in time and services


Hours donated by all our guest services, activity and meal group volunteers

Betty Lou

Betty Lou


Smiles created by our Chief Happiness Officer