About Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor
Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor (RMHBH), formerly called Home Away Boston, is an alliance between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England (RMHC of ENE) and Home Away Boston.
Home Away Boston first opened its doors in 2012 with two apartments in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Through the support of generous sponsors and donors, the organization was able to triple in size by 2016. In addition to the apartments, Home Away Boston grew to include a variety of programs which enhanced the lives of children and families staying at the apartments. During the first four years, Home Away Boston was able to help more than 100 families. Despite, its rapid expansion, Home Away Boston still did not have the capacity to keep up with the demands of Boston’s ever-growing pediatric patient population.
As a long-time supporter of Home Away Boston, RMHC of ENE was aware of the organization’s need to further expand. In December 2016, it was decided to consolidate the talents and resources of both organizations to better serve the needs of the community, so RMHC of ENE acquired Home Away Boston. The House officially opened under the new name January 5, 2017 with nine apartments (8 for families and 1 community space) and a plan to open more in the near future.
Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor is the second Ronald McDonald House in the eastern New England market, including Providence, RI.
Each of the one-bedroom guest units is truly a home-away-from-home. Every unit is equipped with two or more beds and plenty of linens, pillows, and towels for families to use during their stay. There are televisions in the bedroom and living room as well as WiFi, cable and a dvd player. There is also a fully equipped kitchen stocked with basic foods prior to each family's arrival. A washer/dryer in the unit and a supply of movies, toys, books, and games, allows our families to feel "at home" when dealing with the stress of a sick child.