Ronald McDonald House Montreal
Facts at a glance
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Affiliated hospitals: Ste. Justine, Montreal Children’s, Shriner’s
Opened: 1982 with 35 bedrooms
Bedrooms now: 50 (after a 2010 expansion)
Number of families helped each year: 1,068
Over a three-year period, the Ronald McDonald House Montreal had to turn away more than 1,000 families; it was filled to capacity every night. The expanded 50-bedroom House, which sits behind Sainte-Justine Hospital, now opens their doors wider to give over 1,000 families a year a place to stay during their toughest times – when a child is seriously ill.
The new energy-efficient home is 44,000 square feet, with a computer room, playrooms and teen room. Outside is a playground and patio. With 50 families sharing the spaces, there’s always someone to lend an ear or a shoulder. And privacy can be found in the bedrooms and quiet areas when it’s needed.
In addition to the 11 staff, 20 volunteers make the place a home and a welcome environment for kids and parents alike. Fresh baking wafts through the House; they decorate for the seasons; they have meal programs; they have a knitting group making blankets for each sick child.