About RedTreehouse.org

Our Purpose

Redtreehouse.org is Ohio's online resource promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal-25. 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 collaborative effort of Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) and the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. (RMH).

OFCF, founded in 1993, 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.

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 more than 100,000 individuals through our 55-room House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at four area medical centers, and our online resource for Ohio families, 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, OFCF's and RMH's efforts were combined as Red Treehouse in order to propel a broader, stronger resource for families, young adults and professionals statewide.

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.