In the mid-1980's, a group of concerned individuals from Women & Infants' and Rhode Island Hospitals met to discuss the issue of parents and relatives sleeping on hospital chairs overnight in order to be closer to their children. This initial conversation sparked much interest.

Through the hard work of many and with generous community support, the Providence Ronald McDonald House was created. The House opened its doors on November 6, 1989.

During the past 25 years, our services expanded to include 18 guest rooms and 4 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms including one at Hasbro Children's Hospital, one at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA and two at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.