Several years ago, the Ronald McDonald House had a waiting list that topped 600 families a year. The organization had an idea for a new space and launched a campaign to build that dream and broke ground in May 2017.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland’s new facility is a home away from home for families who come to Maryland seeking medical treatment for their children at one of five area medical facilities.
The new house is barely 1 year old and more than doubles the capacity of the old house, with 54 family guest rooms. It includes nine suites for bone marrow and transplant patients and 45 standard guest rooms.
The house is known as Disney World meets grandma’s house. The beautiful, spacious facility was customized to meet the needs of families who come to the House. Every detail was carefully created with families and children in mind.
The new space includes:
strategically-designed community spaces that promote interaction among guests;
a meditation room;
a teen and young adult room;
a student classroom space and family business center;
an outdoor playground area with adjacent picnic and dining area;
a kids-only magic room;
laundry and exercise facilities;
a private kitchen and dining space for immune-suppressed families; and
a roof-top terrace.
Most importantly, the house no longer has to turn families away who are in need of a place to stay.