House Facts


To provide a "Home Away From Home" for families of children traveling to Grand Rapids for their child's medical or mental health treatment.


March 23, 1990


  • 19,000 square foot farm style home
  • 17 bedrooms with private bath
  • Community style kitchen, dining room, playroom, recreation room with TV and pool tables
  • Large laundry room, great room and sun room
  • Five beautiful park-like acres with a playhouse, playground equipment, grill and outdoor furniture

Complimentary Services:

  • Secured building with staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week/365 days a year
  • Private room with bath and Tempur-Pedic bed, phone, TV, linens, and toiletries
  • Shuttle Service wherever needed (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Meals
  • Free laundry facility (including supplies)
  • Activities (including the West Michigan Therapy Dogs)
  • Cable
  • Free parking
  • Chaplain services
  • Free Admission to local attractions (John Ball Zoo, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Gymco, Kroc Center and  David D. Hunting YMCA)
  • Full Kitchen access
  • Semi-private refrigerator/freezer space
  • Communal refrigerator, freezer, and pantry stocked with food and supplies
  • Breast pump
  • Free WIFI and/or computer access

2016 Numbers

Medical Visits by Guests

Location:   Number of Visits:          Percentage:
Guest Visits by Hospital:                                                  320   100%
Spectrum Health Medical Center    259   80.93%
Conductive Learning Center   27   8.44%
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital   14   4.37%
Fores View Hospital   10   3.13%
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services   10   3.13%


     Hope Network
     Metropolitan Health
     Mercy Health Saint Mary's
     Wedgwood Christian Services 

  0   0%


Patient Diagnosis:

Diagnosis:                                                                                                          Number of Diagnosis:     Percentage:
Neonatal/NICU   149   46.54%
Outpatient/Doctor's Appointment   42  


Pediatric/PICU   34  


Rehabilitation   32   10.00%
Psychiatric   19   5.94%
Surgery   17   5.31%
Intensive Feeding Program 14 4.38%
Hematology/Oncology   10   3.13%
     Heart Center
     Intensive Feeding Program
     Sleep Lab 
3 .94%


Top 5 Referral Counties ( # of Guest Visits)

County:                  Number of Referrals:
Muskegon     36
Non-Michigan     33
Grand Traverse     18
Ottawa     16


Counties Served:     57


Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan is independently funded and operated. The local House is responsible for its own $758,660 budget.

Housing Numbers:

Total Number of Families Served:                286 families
Total Number of Families Visits (Including returning families):   320 visits
Total Number of Nights of Lodging Provided:   5,299
Occupancy Rate:   91%
Average Length of Stay:   18 days

Guest Services Numbers:

Number of Community-Prepared Meals/ Donated:                       232 meals
Number of miles traveled by Ronald Mcdonald House Shuttle:    15,120 miles

Number of Hotel Referrals:

Families Served

Nights of Lodging Provided   130

Volunteer Facts:

Volunteer Service Hours:                          5,120 hours
Number of Volunteers (scheduled 6 hours a month)   67
Number of Group Volunteers:   465
Number of Meals and Cookie Volunteers:   1,407