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A "home away from home" is provided to more than 1,500 families of hospitalized children each year at Ann Arbor's Ronald McDonald Houses. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor is an independent non-profit organization. The Ann Arbor House can host 29 families per night, with stays ranging from one or two days to several months. The Mott House has a capacity of 12 families per night, with stays of only 1-2 days for the families of the most critically ill children.
Located two blocks from the University of Michigan hospital, 80 percent of the House's operating budget comes from donations made by individuals, groups and businesses. Nearly 150 volunteers provide service to families or serve on committees such as House operations, fundraising and special events. (More information about volunteer and donor opportunities can be found in the How you can help section of this site or by calling the House 734-994-4442.)
Each year, many special events are held to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor. (To learn more about the Red Shoe Affair and other news regarding Ronald McDonald House, go to News & Events.)
Ann Arbor's Ronald McDonald House is one of more than 320 licensed Ronald McDonald Houses around the world. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. Ann Arbor's Ronald McDonald House opened in 1985 and has since served more than 18,000 families. (See Who We Are for more information.)