After turning away 82 families in 2018, the Ronald McDonald House in Boise saw a need for more space to give families a comfortable place to stay with the support, care, and understanding provided by the team and volunteers.
The Ronald McDonald House serves families with seriously ill or injured children being treated at a Boise medical facility. Families facing the burden of their children’s illness along with complicated medical needs, maintaining their jobs, caring for other children or family members and keeping up with medical expenses are already under enough stress. The Ronald McDonald House of Idaho takes care of the family so they can focus on their sick child.
For over 32 years the organization has been working out of their current 17 bedroom historic house across from the St. Lukes downtown location, offering temporary housing to families. It’s time for an upgrade as the Idaho Ronald McDonald House has made it their initiative to provide the most and make room for every family in need of a stay.
We got the chance to get an inside look of the new Ronald McDonald House and here’s what got us so excited:
The house is a huge upgrade as it will have 47 rooms in total. Cole Architects designed the new house with the hope for families to feel as though they are “walking into someone’s living room”, giving them a bit of peace during a traumatic time. Thankfully, ESI Construction has been able to make the Ronald McDonald House and Cole Architects dreams come true.
The house will include:
47 Guest Rooms
Each a bit bigger with private bathrooms, extra shelves, and room for a fridge.
4 Guest Laundry Rooms
Taking the ease of laundry off families, giving all the essentials to complete laundry throughout their stay.
4 Kitchens, including 1 dual kitchen for volunteer prep
Fully stocked to take away the pressure of shopping, cooking and cleaning. The kitchen has also been a source of connection for many, which is larger cooking spaces were built.
Stocked with gaming consoles, board games and activities for kids of all ages.
The playroom can be utilized for younger children to play and gives a chance for parents to step away.
A “magic” toy room for siblings
A very exciting element that children get to experience. A hidden toy room only opening at the wave of a magic wand and is stocked with some of the best toys. Giving siblings the chance to get something for themselves, during a stressful time for the family.
An outdoor courtyard and playground
Located in the center of the building, the courtyard and playground will allow families to step outside and enjoy some fresh air.
The house is designed to create an open and welcoming home away from home, with windows throughout to give natural light all over the house. Families have the ability to enjoy the outside from within, as the bright light shines in.
The Ronald McDonald House also includes halls and section cubbies for families to step aside and enjoy much needed quiet time.
The Ronald McDonald House gives help to families during some of the most traumatic times. To make the new house a reality, the Ronald McDonald House made it a goal to raise $15.3 million. As of now, the house has raised about $12 million, but is still working to reach their goal! By making a donation you can help ensure that the Ronald McDonald House of Idaho follows their initiative to make room for every family.
The Ronald McDonald House has also established a house warming wish list to help fulfill the house’s needs before opening it up to families.
Curious about the old house? St. Lukes will be taking it over to house families of adults seeking special medical care.
The new facility broke ground on construction February 1, 2019, and is planning to cut the ribbon exactly a year later on February 1, 2020.
Follow along for updates as the house nears it’s completion and welcoming families: