Our Values

We believe when families are together, they cope better. We believe no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone.

Our values are the foundation that supports these beliefs and brings them into action – for our staff, our board, and our treasured volunteers and supporters.

Kindness + Respect

Kindness is more than being nice; it implies action. Respect is welcoming all people – and remembering to offer the benefit of the doubt.

Inclusion + Belonging

Inclusion is widening our welcome and honoring all who join our mission. Belonging is the feeling that we are each integral to the team.

Gratitude + Enthusiasm

Hope grows in the fertile soil of gratitude and is how we start each day. Enthusiasm is hopeful persistence toward the worthy goal of our mission.


The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Our vision is a world where all children have access to medical care and their families are supported and actively involved in their children’s care.

Our History


It all began in 1973 when Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, they met other families who drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and eat from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go.

Fred and Fran Hill decided to do something for these families, teaming up with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dr. Audrey Evans, and local McDonald’s owner/operators. McDonald’s gift of Shamrock Shake proceeds made it possible to purchase and restore a house near the hospital where these families could stay, and the first Ronald McDonald House was born.

















Pediatric-Family Center of North Carolina is incorporated as the precursor organization to Ronald McDonald House in the state.

Ronald McDonald House of Durham opens with 13 bedrooms, the first RMH program in North Carolina.

The Durham House expands to 20 bedrooms.

Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill opens with 19 bedrooms.

The inaugural Carolina Kids Classic is held to benefit RMH of Chapel Hill; the classic continues today.

The groundbreaking is held for a 10-room expansion in Chapel Hill.

A Family Room program for caregiver respite opens inside Duke Children’s Hospital.

A Family Room program for caregiver respite opens inside WakeMed Children's Hospital.

A Family Room program for caregiver respite opens inside UNC Children’s Hospital.

The Durham House expands to 55 bedrooms, including 28 long-term suites.

RMH of Chapel Hill expands to 53 guest rooms, including long-term rooms and apartments.

A Ronald McDonald House opens at WakeMed. The Durham organization changes its name to Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake.

Four sleeping rooms open for parents within Duke Children’s Hospital.

A Snack Stop opens at UNC Children’s Specialty Clinic in Raleigh.

RMH of Chapel Hill and RMH of Durham & Wake merge to form Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Triangle, the largest RMHC chapter in NC and one of the largest in the world.

The Ronald McDonald Hospitality Kiosk opens on the 6th floor of the N.C. Women’s Hospital for families in the Newborn Critical Care Center.

Our Staff + Board


Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Triangle strives to offer a “Top-5” experience to each family it serves. To do this, we rely on a Top-5 team of staff and board members for consistent program excellence and strategic leadership. Our team exemplifies RMHC Triangle values in every interaction.

Join Our Team

RMHC Triangle seeks qualified, enthusiastic candidates with a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences to broaden our team. Watch our website for position openings and information on how to apply.