Many families have to travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Hospital treatment can last one day, one month or even longer. A Ronald McDonald House keeps families together when they need it most by offering them a comfortable, temporary residence in proximity to a medical facility.
Each Ronald McDonald House provides a warm, supportive alternative to costly hotels and uncomfortable hospital waiting rooms. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine provides support to Maine’s two Ronald McDonald Houses in Portland and in Bangor.
The Ronald McDonald House of Portland
The Portland Ronald McDonald House is located at 250 Brackett Street in Portland’s West End. Since 1995, The Board of Directors, Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operators, community leaders, volunteers and staff have devoted themselves to providing a home away from home for up to twenty-one families each night while their critically ill children seek medical attention at nearby hospitals. There families find a warm smile from a friendly volunteer, a home-cooked meal after a long day at the hospital, a good night’s sleep in a caring environment and a place where families support each other through a most difficult time. http://rmhportland.org/
The Ronald McDonald House of Bangor
The Ronald McDonald House of Bangor celebrated its 25th Anniversary in December 2008. Located at 654 State Street in Bangor, this fourteen bedroom House is a place to call home` for approximately 450 families of ill children receiving medical treatment each year. Founded in 1983, “the house that love built”® helps people in Maine with comfortable short-term residential accommodations during their medical crisis. Family ties are strengthened and emotional support is offered among families sharing the trauma of serious illnesses while undergoing treatment in nearby medical facilities. The Board of Directors is continually looking for ways to reach out to families in their time of need. In addition, the Bangor Ronald McDonald House Extensions Program provides services beyond housing to families being treated for cancer or blood disorders. These services include respite opportunities, emergency funds and communications support. Bangor’s Ronald McDonald House, is the product of the effort, energy and caring of local volunteers, parents and business leaders, and the owners of McDonald’s Restaurants in Maine. http://rmhbangor.org/