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  Nolan and his parents  
   
 

Little Nolan Mearon Beauvais came swiftly into the world – only one hour after Nicole arrived at Children’s – weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces. Only 24 ounces.

 

Providing a home-away-from-home to keep families together during a child’s serious illness is what Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is all about. Each year, we serve over 5,000 families at our four Twin Cities locations:

Families are never required to pay for our services – including lodging, meals, schooling, and more – so we rely on our generous community to support our efforts.

If it takes a village to care for an ailing child, it takes a community to support the Ronald McDonald House. A house built by generous strangers, compassionate organizations and caring individuals.
A House that Love Built.

 

Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street

near the University of MinnesotaHow to access services

The Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, near the University of Minnesota campus, is our original location and cornerstone program.

Located right off Interstate 94, the House is across the river from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and only a few miles from Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis. The House features rooms for 48 families as well as spacious common areas, outdoor play areas, an exercise room and more.

Features of the Ronald McDonald House - Oak Street

  • 48 private rooms with bathrooms, private phone lines, TVs and DVD players, and various combinations of queen beds, bunk beds and sleeper sofas
  • Home-cooked dinners every night and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, all purchased, prepared and served by Cooks for Kids volunteers
  • Multiple smaller kitchen areas with microwaves, refrigerators and ovens and Help Yourself Pantries accessible 24/7
  • An accredited on-site K-12 school for patients and siblings
  • Child and family-friendly activities, including daily arts and crafts, a summer kids’ program, tickets to local events and more
  • Laundry facilities, a gym and exercise room
  • Internet Access with free Wi-Fi

Ronald McDonald House–Oak Street FAQ


How to Access Services at RMH - Oak Street

  • In order to stay at the Ronald McDonald House - Oak Street, the patient must be aged 19 or younger, have cancer or another life-threatening illness, and live outside of a 60 mile radius of the Twin Cities.
  • Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House - Oak Street must have a referral from a social worker at a Twin Cities hospital. Social workers are responsible for prescreening the family to ensure they meet RMH requirements prior to making the referral.
  • PLEASE NOTE: All families who wish to stay at Ronald McDonald House Oak Street are required to complete the Online Application and successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Once the application has been processed and a social worker referral has been received, applicants will receive an email invitation from MBI WORLDWIDE to complete an online criminal background check.
  • Your rights to complete a background check: View Background Check Disclosure
  • Background check policy: RMHC-UM reserves the right to refuse admittance to any potential resident or guest with a criminal conviction. RMHC-UM does not admit anyone with a criminal conviction that may threaten the health, safety, welfare and ability of other individuals to peacefully enjoy the House. This includes and is not limited to violent crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, sex offenses, illegal drug activity, burglary, robbery, theft or fraud. RMHC-UM also will not admit any individual who provides false, incomplete, or misleading responses during the formal criminal history background check.
Online Application
 

Location

621 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414


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Did you know?

  • The Oak Street House is actually four houses connected to one another. Together, RMH-Oak Street offers families more than 75,000 square feet of comfortable living space.

  • RMH-Oak Street has one of the longest average length of stays of all the Ronald McDonald Houses in the world

  • The on-site K-12 school at RMH-Oak Street is fully accredited through the Minneapolis Public Schools and is one of only two one-room schoolhouses in Minnesota.

 

 

Ronald McDonald House K-12 School

located inside RMH – Oak StreetHow to access services

The Ronald McDonald House K-12 School, located inside RMHOak Street, is an accredited alternative Minneapolis Public School.  Truly a “one room school house,” this innovative facility enables patients and siblings of patients to attend school during extended periods of hospitalization.  The RMH School offers:

  • A small class size and cross-age learning opportunities
  • Class daily from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm. Note: The school follows Minneapolis Public School’s academic calendar
  • Individual learning plans that enable students to transition back to their home school as easily as possible
  • An award-winning teacher, Mrs. Britain, with 36 years of teaching experience
  • A rolling admission process, allowing students to enroll at any time during the school year
  • Specialists in Music, Art and PE
  • Communication between the student’s home school and the RMH School
  • Academic credit
  • Hot lunch and recess
  • Field trips and special activities
  • A welcoming and supportive classroom environment

How to Enroll in the RMH School

Children in grades K-12 (including patients and siblings of patients) whose families meet RMH-Oak Street’s admission requirements and who will be in Minneapolis a minimum of two weeks may attend the school.


 

Ronald McDonald House

inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, MinneapolisHow to access services

This beautiful and spacious facility is located on the third floor of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in south Minneapolis. Serving families with children receiving treatment in intensive care units, the House offers parents a place to rest and regroup just steps away from their child.

Features of RMH - Children’s, Minneapolis

  • 15 private rooms (including two suites), each with its own bathroom, TV and phone
  • Private nap and shower rooms for day use
  • Home-cooked dinners every night and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, all purchased, prepared and served by Cooks for Kids volunteers
  • A Help Yourself Pantry for making breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • A relaxing lounge with a TV and reading materials
  • An exercise area, computer lounge and patio

How to Access Services at RMH - Children’s, Minneapolis

  • Families of patients in CVCC, ICC, NICU, and PICU are granted access to the House for day use.
  • Families are granted access to overnight sleeping rooms after a referral from a social worker.

Location

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2525 Chicago Avenue South 
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Contact / Directions

Did you know?

  • Since opening in November 2010, RMH-Children’s, Minneapolis has served more than 12,000 families.

  • 75% of the families supported by this House live in the Twin Cities metro area.

  • Cooks for Kids volunteers serve dinner every night to families using RMH-Children’s, Minneapolis.


 

Ronald McDonald Family Room

inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. PaulHow to Access Services

Opened in July 2011, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul provides families a respite from the busy hospital environment just steps away from a child receiving medical treatment for a serious condition or disability. Like the RMH - Children’s, Minneapolis, the Family Room does not have a geographic requirement for use.

Features of the Ronald McDonald Family Room - Gillette, St. Paul

  • Four spacious and inviting guest rooms, each with a private bathroom
  • Home-cooked dinners every night and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, all purchased, prepared and served by Cooks for Kids volunteers
  • A Help Yourself Pantry for making breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Chad’s Locker, an athletic locker full of kid-friendly games, tablets and technology, donated by Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway
  • A relaxing lounge with a TV and reading materials
  • Laundry facilities

How to Access Services at RMFR - Gillette, St. Paul

  • Families of patients who are receiving in-patient care are granted access to the Family Room for day use. In addition, families are granted access to overnight sleeping rooms after a referral from a social worker.

Location

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Contact / Directions

Did you Know?

  • Each day, an average of 37 families relax and rejuvenate in this warm and welcoming space

  • Every year, over 2,000 families utilize the Family Room.

  • More than half of the families who use the Family Room come from within 60 miles of the hospital

  • In 2014, Cooks for Kids volunteers served 348 meals to families using the Family Room

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room

inside Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. PaulHow to Access Services

 

We opened our fourth Twin Cities’ location, the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul in July 2015.

Featuring four overnight sleeping rooms, a spacious kitchen, a hospitality area for coffee and relaxation, a Help Yourself Pantry, exercise room and laundry facilities, this beautiful new space serves families with children receiving treatment in the hospital’s intensive care units.


How to Access Services at RMFR - Children’s, St. Paul

  • All inpatient families at Children’s St. Paul have access to the space for day use.
  • Families are granted access to overnight sleeping rooms after a referral from a social worker.

Location

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul
345 North Smith Avenue
St Paul, MN 55101


Contact / Directions