History

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana first opened its doors in 1982 on the IUPUI campus. With only 24 rooms, the need for lodging very quickly outgrew our capacity. A new wing was built in 1989, adding 20 guest rooms and six apartments designed for the special needs of transplant patients and their families. Two additional guest rooms were added in 2001, resulting in the current 52 room capacity at our primary location.

In 2004, we expanded our services into Riley Hospital for Children, building six new guest rooms specifically for families with a child in one of Riley’s critical care units and a day respite area for any family with an inpatient at Riley Hospital. Our goal is to embrace all families with sick or injured children being treated in Indianapolis-area hospitals without regard to income. While a nominal donation of $15 per family per night is requested to help cover operating costs, no family is ever turned away from the House due to their inability to pay.