Ronald McDonald House Southern New Jersey is located next to Cooper University Hospital, and minutes away from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Shriners Hospital for Children and Wills Eye Institute. Our House is equipped with everything you would expect to find in your own home including bedrooms, a kitchen and communal areas. Where possible, we have quiet spaces for children to do their school work and for parents to work remotely – in this way we ensure families can still operate together, as they would at home. Families can cook, do laundry, rest and be together, all the time knowing that they are only moments away from their child in hospital.
Over the past three decades, we have served more than 24,000 families in our Ronald House in Camden. Each year, approximately 800 families from around the world have stayed in our House while their children receive life-saving treatment at local hospitals.
Having a sick child can impact families across all areas of their lives. Time, money, stress, loss of education and loss of earnings are but a few of the ways in which families may be affected by their children’s hospitalizations. We work with families to allow them to focus on supporting their child and do our utmost to lessen the other stresses. Children that require specialized medical care can often be in hospital for months at a time. With the help of our supporters we enable families to stay together during these times so that as much normalcy as possible can be maintained. We believe families are stronger together.
Fortunately, many patients do not require hospitalization; nearly 70% of the children also reside in the House with their families going back and forth to the hospital for treatment.
Our first Ronald McDonald House in Camden was opened in 1983 with 10 family bedrooms. In 1998, we built a four-story brick building which now includes 25 spacious family bedroom suites, each with a unique theme, such as butterflies, a fire house, Sesame Street, LEGO, Sponge Bob and NASCAR.