Missoula, Mont. (Aug. 23, 2018) – On Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana will break ground on an expansion that will double the size of the current House at 3003 Fort Missoula Road in Missoula, Montana. The extension will add eight new family suites and 2,920 additional room nights each year. The total cost of the expansion is $2.77 million dollars.
The groundbreaking ceremony will feature remarks from Beth Clark, Board chair; Amy Peterson, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana; Dr. Dean French, CEO of Community Medical Center; Bob Thomas, trustee of Jane S. Heman Foundation; and two former RMHC families. Roger Welshans, Campaign Committee Chair, will make the nearly $1 million donation announcement. After the ceremony, attendees are welcome to tour the House.
A year after opening its doors in April 2006, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana in Missoula had a wait list of families in need of a place to stay while their child/children received treatment at a Missoula medical facility. Every year since opening, the House has run, on average, at full capacity with an active wait list.
In 2017, 72 families were turned away due to a lack of room, according to Amy Peterson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana. “More than anything, we wanted to provide a place for those families. It’s heartbreaking to tell a family that we can’t accommodate them. Families who we can’t accommodate also lose out on the support from other families staying at the House and special activities for the siblings. What makes the Ronald McDonald House so special is the holistic family programming we provide.”
Community Medical Center and the Foundation for Community Health also felt a substantial need to provide housing for cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Cancer Center at Community Medical Center. The Ronald McDonald House is partnering with Community Medical Center through this expansion to provide housing and space for these families to keep their loved ones close during medical treatment. Local and national donors are coming together to meet the rising needs of Montana families and expand the House. A series of gifts flowed into Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana; those gifts have propelled this effort forward.
AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical firm, invested $957,000 into the expansion of the Missoula Ronald McDonald House. AbbVie is giving $100 million to 32 Ronald McDonald House Charities across the United States. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana was selected to receive this donation to accelerate the capital campaign and open the additional family suites sooner.
In addition to helping to keep families close, AbbVie chose the Ronald McDonald House Charities because of the family-centered approach to caring for the whole family. AbbVie shares Ronald McDonald House Charities global vision of a world where all children have access to medical care, and where their families are supported and can be actively involved in every step of their health journey.
Thanks to this gift, along with local and regional donor support and a $650,000 gift from the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House is at 82 percent of the total needed to fund the expansion. “We are beyond grateful for the support we’ve received so far from local and global donors- we’ll continue diligently fundraising to make sure we reach that final goal. Every donation helps keep Montana families close and give them hope in some of the most stressful times of their lives.”
ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Ronald McDonald House of Western Montana serves families throughout Western Montana and Eastern Idaho. The House joins 365 other Ronald McDonald Houses in 43 countries and regions. With the guidance of Ronald McDonald House Charities Global, we seek to serve all families with family-centered care in a welcoming, safe House and strive to meet the best practices and professionalism in nonprofit management. The House is a locally-governed nonprofit, so donations made to the Missoula House stay in Western Montana. The House currently provides 2,419 room nights annually.