Welcome! Our House is here for families that live more than 30 minutes away from Lansing and have an ill child in the hospital or a child being seen at a clinic in the area. Check out the Q and A’s below, and give us a call if you have more questions that aren’t answered here.
What are the eligibility requirements?
How much does a stay cost?
Where are you located?
How many people can stay in a room?
What should we bring?
What will we eat?
How can I make a reservation?
What time can I check into the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan?
To be eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan families must have pediatric patients receiving medical treatment in the Lansing area, however, priority is given to families who live at least 30 miles away from the House. Families may stay at the House as long as their child is receiving medical treatment in the Lansing area. Pediatric patients include those 21 years of age and under.
A referral form must be provided by the child’s medical professional to the House before a family will be provided with a room. Most Sparrow Health System and McLaren Health Care facilities have our patient referral forms on hand, however, if you are seeking treatment for your child at a clinic or health care facility that does not have copies of our referral forms (or not sure if they have the forms), they may be downloaded here.
Referring physicians may call 517-485-9303 with any questions. FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT AND RETURNED TO THE HOUSE BY YOUR CHILD’S MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
Our families are asked to contribute a nominal fee of $10 per night, however NO ONE is ever turned away for inability to pay. The actual cost to us for each family stay is almost $120, but with the help of our community, we are able to keep our doors open to help the families that need us.
The House is located at 121 S. Holmes Street, Lansing, MI. Find us quickly
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Due to space and safety concerns, we are only able to house close family members of the hospitalized child. Only one room is available per family, as we often have a waiting list for rooms. We do, however, understand that families’ support systems differ, as do their definitions of “family.” For example, we often house a mother and a grandmother of a hospitalized child, or a special aunt or uncle who is responsible for the child’s care. Most rooms sleep up to three or four people. If you have any questions please call ahead at 517-485-9303.
Of course, you’ll want to bring clothing changes and personal toiletry items. Basic toiletries are provided and available if you forget! Otherwise, we are a true home-away-from home with pretty much everything you need. We supply towels, bedding, laundry detergent (and the free laundry facility to go with it), TVs and DVD players, movies, toys, games, playroom, small library and free WiFi access throughout the House.
We have a wonderful complete kitchen so please bring any favorite foods. Also, on many nights volunteers come to the House to make our guests tasty, hot, home-cooked meals — it’s just one more way we try to make things a little easier on you. Don’t worry about running out of anything! We stock personal, and food, items for our guest’s use. Each guest room includes a cupboard in the pantry for you to store any dry groceries that you purchase. In addition, we have some refrigerator and freezer space for guest groceries.
The House cannot accept advanced reservations because our rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, you may let us know when you will be arriving by calling 517-485-9303 so we can plan on your arrival and put you on a waiting list if necessary. When you arrive at the hospital you can call us again to see if there is a room available at that time. More often than not we will have something available.
Families should check in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. when there is a volunteer on duty to help them register and give them a tour of the House. There are a number of things for us to show you that will make your stay as easy as possible, so plan about 30 minutes for registration. Please contact the House for special check-in arrangements at 517-485-9303. We will try our best to accommodate special requests if we are able.
There are a tremendous amount of resources and activities in the area for families in addition to what the House provides.
Please download this guide, or ask for a hard copy at the front desk. You can also download the Ronald McDonald House Charities mobile app.
During this stressful time, it can be hard to think of taking a few minutes for yourself, but we recognize the importance of caring for the whole family while you care for your ill child. The House has a list of places you might enjoy visiting with well siblings or family while you’re in the area. You can download it here.