The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We strive to do so by providing opportunities that strengthen children and families during their most difficult and challenging times. The specific purpose of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to support access to care, reduce financial burden, provide psychosocial support keeping families together, enhance clinical experiences and outcomes and help families resume normalcy.
This is done by providing two opportunities to address underserved child populations: a living space designed for healing and respite as well as a high-quality dental treatment program in partnership with OneWorld Community Health Center.
With over 5,500 lodging nights annually, normalcy is established by providing warm beds, hot showers, meals, laundry facilities, family friendly kitchens, playrooms, and a playground — all of the basic essentials of home. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House environment includes a built in support system where families are able to connect with each other forming an interdependent network of resources and collaboration. The cost to provide our services is approximately $120 per night, per family, and no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay the nightly $10 suggested donation.
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) opened in 1994 to serve the needs of those children traveling to Omaha for extensive medical treatment at any Omaha area medical facility. Now in its 20th year, Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha home has proudly served a total of 1,900 families from 43 states and 3 countries with a full support system in a concentrated effort to provide a sense of normalcy in the face of turmoil and uncertainty.
In partnership with OneWorld Community Health Center, the Ronald McDonald House supports access to care, directly impacting the local community through the Care Mobile. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile functions as a mobile dental clinic for local underserved children attending Title One public schools in the Omaha metro area by providing cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, minor oral surgery, and oral health education.
Tooth decay is the number one common chronic childhood disease in the United States, five times more common than asthma. More than 51 million hours of schooling are lost annually due to the lack of dental care among American children. Absence related tooth decay occurs as a result of severe pain, inability to consume food, exhaustion, infection etc. In Nebraska, state Truancy Law requires that schools report parents to the county attorney’s office to be seen in court if their child’s absence exceeds 20 days, regardless of illness.
To curb this statistic at a local level, the Care Mobile has treated 3,544 children by making 7,502 site visits to 90 locations averaging 110 appointments per site since its inception in 2006.
Care Mobile services are administered in a 40-foot long, 9-foot wide, state-of-the-art vehicle built specifically for delivering pediatric dental needs. The Care Mobile operates five days a week and includes two patient examination rooms, a laboratory, reception and medical records areas. With the support of a dental assistant, 8-10 patients are cared for, per day, and remains on-site, administering care for as long as needed in order to resolve all necessary dental concerns with each child. As there is no admission fee, co-pay, or payment of any kind required of the student or their family, the degree of access and affordability to these students is increased significantly.
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha
620 S. 38th Avenue | Omaha, NE 68105-1104 |
Phone: 402.346.9377 ext 205 | Cell: 402.578.3810