WINSTON-SALEM, NC: The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem®, Inc. (RMHWS) has a new name – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (RMHCPT)!
The new name reflects the scope of programs and services provided across Piedmont Triad communities, including a 36-bedroom House, three Family Rooms, and three hospitality cart programs.
- Our House in Winston-Salem has welcomed over 25,000 families since opening in 1984.
- Three Family Rooms are operated in Winston-Salem at Brenner Children’s Hospital, Forsyth Medical Center, and in Greensboro at the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital (opening August 2021).
- Three Hospitality Cart programs are run at Brenner Children’s Hospital, Forsyth Medical Center, and Randolph Health, and more Hospitality Cart programs are planned for late 2021 and early 2022.
“We are excited about the expansion of our program physical locations but really look forward to helping even more families and children in the Piedmont Triad region and beyond!”
– Chuck Kraft, Chief Executive Officer
Why the name change?
Until now, the five Ronald McDonald Houses across North Carolina were working under the umbrella of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC-NC). They were part of a small number of the remaining independent chapters in the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC®) family. RMHC advocated for the dissolution of the state charity in favor of the establishment of individual chapters so each could better serve families. The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, Inc. officially became the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Piedmont Triad, Inc. on April 26, 2021.
What are the benefits?
RMHCPT is a single organization that leverages the combined talent, resources, and community support of the original House, Family Room, and hospitality cart programs to better address the needs of families with ill and injured children receiving medical treatment throughout North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region.
Will donations stay local?
Yes. Donors, partners, and groups may continue to support specific programs, services or locations, or the larger entity they choose. Local fund development and stewardship efforts are in place for the entire region.
Will programs or staff be cut?
No. Programs of the original organization are continuing to operate, and staffing levels are being maintained and/or increased as needed. The new structure better positions the organization to manage and expand programs to serve families where needed throughout the Piedmont Triad.
What are the RMHCPT programs?
RMHCPT will oversee the following existing programs:
- Ronald McDonald House located in Winston-Salem
- Three Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs – Brenner Children’s Hospital, Forsyth Medical Center, and the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital (opening August 2021). These are open to pediatric families as a space for rest and rejuvenation.
- Ronald McDonald House Hospitality Carts – Brenner Children’s Hospital, Forsyth Medical Center, and at Randolph Health
What territory is covered by RMHCPT?
RMHCPT is authorized by RMHC to directly solicit support from the 12 counties of the Piedmont Triad and five additional Northwest North Carolina counties. However, our service territory knows no boundaries! On average, we serve families from 60 NC counties, 16 states, and 3 countries
How does the merger affect funds raised at local McDonald’s restaurants?
The formation of an RMHC organization streamlines the flow of donations from McDonald’s local restaurant customers to support RMHCPT programs throughout Piedmont Triad North Carolina. Read more about our relationship with McDonald’s.
Has the mission changed?
The RMHCPT mission statement reflects the mission and services of the original organization. The mission of RMHCPT is to provide a “home away from home” in our House and Family Rooms for families with children receiving medical care in our community.
Who leads the organization?
The organization is led by Charles “Chuck” Kraft, Chief Executive Officer.