From Our Editors
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Huron Valley operates two houses in Ann Arbor where families can stay as an alternative to expensive hotels or making long commutes back and forth from the hospital.
At either the 29-room Ann Arbor House across the street from the hospital or the 12-room Mott House on the hospital's 10th floor, families stay for as little as one night or as long as a year, although the average stay is about two weeks. Both houses include private rooms and showers, laundry facilities, and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to provide emotional support. Although guests are asked to donate $10 per night, no families are turned away due to an inability to pay. Housing costs are largely funded by community donations, and the actual cost of housing a family is an estimated $75 per night.