The House That Love Built

At Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, we owe our continued success to the tireless work of volunteers and the countless contributions from our donors. Because of you, we’ve been helping improve the lives of children and their families for 33 years.

April 1980

A nucleus of volunteers meets to plan a Ronald McDonald House for Indiana. In December of 1980, plans to build the House on land donated by Indiana University are announced to news media in the lobby of Riley Hospital.

September 1981

The cornerstone is laid with the help of medical staff, supporters and children from Riley Hospital.

September 1989

The opening of the south wing addition takes place adding 20 guest rooms and six apartments for the special needs of transplant patients and their families.



August 1981

McDonald’s restaurants around Indiana have a big day and donate a $487,547 check for Ronald McDonald House from 25 cent Hamburger Day. Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s restaurant, contributes a personal check for $12,500 to Indiana’s House.

October 1982

Indiana’s Ronald McDonald House opens its doors…the dream becomes a 24-bedroom house ready to make life a little easier for young patients and their families.


The Ronald McDonald House expands again, opening a second location inside Riley Hospital. The home-like retreat area is open to any family that has an in-patient at Riley and includes six guest rooms for parents whose children are being treated in one of the Riley Critical Care Units.


The First Ronald McDonald House

In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opens its doors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time Kim Hill, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill, was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Throughout Kim’s treatment, her family recognized the need for a supportive environment away from the hospital for families of seriously ill children. With the help of Dr. Audrey Evans, Kim’s oncologist, Fred enlisted the aid of his teammates and local McDonald’s restaurant owners to raise funds that would help purchase and renovate the first Ronald McDonald House. Today there are 336 Ronald McDonald Houses located worldwide.