Our Story


Keeping families together and providing the comforts of home while their kids receive medical care.


Ronald McDonald House Charities is more than a place to stay. Our vision is to serve as many families as possible while their kids receive medical care. We accomplish this by

  • Keeping families at the forefront of every decision we make
  • Positively impacting families by providing personalized support and comfort
  • Engaging the community through nurturing our donors and volunteers’ partnerships
  • Adapting to the ever-changing medical environment and needs of the families we serve

We will ensure that by providing the comforts of home, we will keep families together and minimize the financial burden associated with medical care

Core Values

We are about families. We are committed to delivering excellence in our family experience grounded in heart, creativity, adaptability, and teamwork.

Our Strategic Focus

We will achieve its mission, vision, and values through the fulfillment of its Strategic Plan. The following strategic initiatives will guide our efforts as we “Keep families together by providing the comforts of home while their kids receive medical care”

I. Family Programs and Services
II. Human Resources and Development
III. Community Outreach and Communications
IV. Governance
V. Resource Management and Growth

RMHC-RRV History

Fred and Fran Hill found themselves hearing words no parent wants to hear, “Your child has cancer.” As they navigated their journey to heal their sick daughter, Kim, they slept on benches, ate from vending machines and desperately tried to keep their daughter from seeing the physical and emotional strain they were going through.  All around them, they saw other families doing the exact same thing.  They learned that many of the families had traveled long distances to bring their children to the medical facility and the cost of hotel rooms and eating in restaurants was more than many of them could afford.  They knew there had to be a better way.

October 1974 – The first Ronald McDonald House was opened in Philadelphia in 1974.

1977 – A social worker in Fargo, Wayne Allard, noticed that too many families with sick children in Fargo were sleeping on floors or in their car due to financial issues.  With the help of a mother of a child with leukemia, he set out to change this.

December 1982 – The first Fargo Ronald McDonald House was opened at 1234 N. Broadway. At this new house, six families per night could have a warm bed and the support of others in the same situation.  It is a beautiful, cozy and warm facility with six private guest bedrooms; a large, fully stocked kitchen; laundry facility; playroom; deck and playground area and other common areas as well as an office and separate living space for the resident managers.

May 2005 – The second Fargo Ronald McDonald House was opened at 1330 18th Avenue South to meet our increasing demand. This second location allowed us to double our capacity and we can now serve up to 12 families per night from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond.

May 2018 – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley found a new home at 4757 Agassiz Crossing S. in Fargo. Throughout the years, the demand for the Ronald McDonald House continued to grow alongside the growth of the pediatric facilities. With this growth and need to address concerns in the first two houses, RMHC began to look toward building a new Ronald McDonald House in Fargo as a replacement of the two current Houses.

With the unwavering support of a RMHC founding partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley fundraised for a 17 guest room, 30,000 square foot facility.

Thanks to generous support of over 500 donors, and the hard work from the team at Foss Architecture and Nor-Son Construction, Inc., the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley opened in May 2018.

Executive Director Corner

Read more about the happenings of RMHC from Executive Director Jill Christopher.

A COVID-19 Update March 17th, 2020

Feeling the Love in February February 24th, 2020

Celebrating the Giving Tree December 13th, 2019

With a Grateful Heart November 26th, 2019

Highlighting Our Community Partners – 3 Nonprofits That Boost Our Mission October 16th, 2019

Highlighting Our Community Partner: Red River Zoo    September 24th, 2019

Thank you to our summer intern, Ross!    August 19th, 2019

Ronald McDonald Family Room: Offering a place to rest and regroup in the Essentia Health NICU   August 5th, 2019

Highlighting our community partner – MATBUS    June 13, 2019

Thank you to our amazing volunteers!   April 12, 2019