RMHC of Eastern New England is excited to announce the opening of Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor!
On January 5, 2017, Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor, formerly Home Away Boston, officially started operating under its new name. Located in Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, the House offers private, fully-furnished apartments to in-need children and families receiving critical medical treatments at MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center, as well as other local hospitals, while expanding child/family programs to meet the needs of the families staying at the house.
Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor is the third Ronald McDonald House in this area. It will join existing Houses in Providence, RI and Boston(229 Kent Street, Brookline) in helping to expand the number of families served in New England.
Ronald McDonald Houses around the world offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and cared for during their stay.
Each House replicates a home-like atmosphere, equipped with a kitchen, bedrooms, dining area, living areas with TV and Internet access and laundry facilities. Staying at a Ronald McDonald House improves adherence to complicated treatment plans and communication with the child’s medical team.
At every House, families can enjoy:
- Home-cooked meals
- Private bedrooms
- Playrooms for children
Depending on the House, these services may also be available: special suites for children with suppressed immune systems, accredited education programs, recreational activities, non-clinical support services, and sibling support services.
Requirements to Stay at a RMH
Each House has their own specific requirements, but the two basic requirements are that
1. The person in the hospital has to be under the age of 18 or sometimes 21.
2. The child in the hospital has to live a certain distance away from the hospital.