It’s finally here. The new Ronald McDonald House facility opened it’s doors at the corner of 10th and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Little Rock on Wednesday, November 16. It replaces the old facility at 10th and Wolfe Street.
The old facility was restricted by a lack of bathrooms. A problem that is now resolved, plus some extra bonuses.
"Our current facility has served us well by allowing us to provide a 'home away from home' for 30,000 families over the past 36 years, but it has always had limitations on providing all the comforts of home," says Janell Mason, RMHCA Executive Director. "Our new House was designed specifically with families in mind, so the facility will have everything families need to feel at home while remaining close to their child in the hospital. It's three times larger, much brighter and allows for more social interaction than our old facility, so children and adults can get a respite from the daily stressors they are facing."
Some of the new features of the house include a treehouse, library and media room, outdoor playground, an 80-person dining room and on-site volunteer hair stylists. The house can accommodate 32 families at once.
Construction for the new house was funded by the generosity of nearly 400 donors who gave over $9 million to build the facility.