About RedTreehouse.org

Our Purpose

Redtreehouse.org is Ohio's online resource supporting the well-being of Ohio’s families and children with challenges, disabilities, and health care needs. It was created to provide a welcoming and vibrant online community for families and professionals to explore and connect to resources and supports for children and young adults.

Who We Are

Red Treehouse is a program of the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. (RMH).

RMH, a nonprofit organization, supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. We serve thousands of families each year through our 55-family House, Family Rooms in four local hospitals, STAR Centers in two outpatient facilities, and online family resource link RedTreehouse.org.

In 2004, the RMH collaborated with northeast Ohio organizations and families to establish Tools for Today and Tomorrow -- a program to help families and professionals caring for children with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities access needed information, resources, and support.

In 2011, Ohio Family and Children First and RMH's efforts were combined as Red Treehouse in order to propel a broader, stronger resource for families, young adults, and professionals statewide. OFCF is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.

OFCF's funding ended December 2017, but they remain involved in Red Treehouse. In January 2018, Red Treehouse was officially recognized as the Ronald McDonald Family Resource Link.

What We Do

Redtreehouse.org connects a diverse and passionate community of families, young adults, professionals and organizations to:

  • share resources that support children and empower caregivers, families, and young adults, prenatal to age 25;

  • link users to organizations and events matching their needs, interests, and location;

  • encourage community connections and development of support networks to promote health and well-being;

  • serve as a resource and reference tool for timely, reliable, easy-to-access information; and

  • inspire hope, confidence and self-determination.

The Story Behind the Name: Red Treehouse

Red Treehouse was chosen to convey a welcoming, personal place – a place to explore, discover and see beyond immediate surroundings. It is a place to see new possibilities, to gather for children and young adults to help them meet needs, overcome challenges and develop to their fullest potential.

A tree house doesn’t stand alone. It is anchored by and interacts with surrounding branches. Our strength and resiliency as individuals and as a community are enhanced by those branches, by our connections to others. No one has to do it alone. There is a network of community members to support us. Our website, RedTreehouse.org, is designed to help make those connections.

Our tree house is red, the color of love, energy, power, passion, life, and vitality. By recognizing and building on existing strengths within families and communities, we can help our children and young adults achieve positive outcomes and well-being.