Keeping Families Close®

The original vision of the Ronald McDonald House is from Mike Malone, a teenager in a military family that was stationed in Germany.


When Mike Malone was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, his family was forced to take frequent trips to San Antonio for long treatment stays. That’s when he witnessed first-hand the difficulties that come along with receiving medical services in a city where you had no home.


Mike made it his mission to find a place for families that could be a home away from home, a way to lessen the day to day problems that his family suffered while he received treatment. Unfortunately, Mike’s journey was cut short, but his mother and the San Antonio community joined together to keep his vision alive and broke ground on the first Ronald McDonald House.


Our second Ronald McDonald House® opened in San Antonio, to expand our services and help more families.


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Antonio became the first Ronald McDonald House in the world to open inside a hospital when services began within the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.


Our newest and largest House opened in the South Texas Medical Center with a wing specifically dedicated to children with organ and tissue transplants.


Today, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Antonio serves 3,000 seriously ill children and their family members each year. We have saved our families over $2.1 million in expenses that they would otherwise incur while seeking medical services for their children.