House Facts


To provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families traveling to Grand Rapids for critical medical and mental health treatment for their children.


March 23, 1990


  • 19,000 square foot farm style home
  • 17 bedrooms with private baths
  • Community style kitchen, dining room, playroom, recreation room with TV and pool tables
  • Large laundry room and sun room
  • Five beautiful park-like acres with a playhouse, playground equipment, grill and outdoor furniture

Complimentary Services:

  • Secured building with staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week/365 days a year
  • Private room with bath and Tempur-Pedic bed, phone, TV, linens, and toiletries
  • Shuttle Service wherever needed (8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Meals
  • Free laundry facility (including supplies)
  • Activities 
  • Cable
  • Free parking
  • Chaplain services
  • Free Admission to local attractions (John Ball Zoo, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Kroc Center and YMCA)
  • Full kitchen access
  • Semi-private refrigerator/freezer space
  • Communal refrigerator, freezer, and pantry stocked with food and supplies
  • Breast pump
  • Free Wi-Fi and/or computer access

2019 Numbers

Medical Visits by Guests

Location:   Number of Visits:          Percentage:
Guest Visits by Hospital:                                                  331   100%
DeVos Childrens Hospital   287   87%
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services   16   5%
Forest View Hospital   6   2%
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital   4   1%
Mercy Health   4   1%
Other   14   4%

Patient Diagnosis:

Diagnoses   Number of Visits:   Percentage:
Neonatal/NICU   147   44%
Pediatric/PICU   39   12%
Surgery   31   9%
Hematology/Oncology   30   9%
Outpatient/Doctor Appointment   29   9%
Psychiatric   21   6%
Intensive Feeding Program   13   4%
Rehabilitation/Therapy   8   3%

Heart Center
Sleep Center

  13   4%



The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan raises 100% of its annual operating costs and 100% of it stays local. The House is funded by community support through individuals, corporations, and foundations. 10% of our funding is provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Housing Numbers:

Total Number of Families Served:                302 families
Total Number of Families Visits (Including returning families):   331 visits
Total Number of Nights of Lodging Provided:   5,470
Occupancy Rate:   88%
Average Length of Stay:   16 days

Guest Services Numbers:

Number of Community-Prepared Meals/ Donated:                       258 meals
Number of miles traveled by Ronald McDonald House Shuttle:    7,900 miles

Volunteer Facts:

Volunteer Service Hours:                          5,526 hours
Number of Volunteers (scheduled 6 hours a month)   40
Number of Group Volunteers:   452
Number of Meals and Cookie Volunteers:   1,560