Families Move into Renovated Ronald McDonald House
Mar 31, 2014 05:21 PM
Bedroom at renovated Ronald McDonald House
Seventeen families moved into Charlottesville’s newly renovated Ronald McDonald House Monday. From the kitchen to bedrooms to laundry rooms, the house had a complete makeover. Construction started last summer and is finally complete.
The kitchen now has four stoves, and several large refrigerators with sections for each family to store food. Bedrooms are complete with matching comforters, a minifridge, and each has a keypad to get in for privacy. Two of the bedrooms are handicapped-accessible. Before the renovations all of the families had to share bathrooms but now every room, except for two, has its own. There is also a large laundry room with plenty of washers and dryers.
"It's just very warm and that's what we want: a welcoming home away from home for our families,” said Rita Ralston, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House.
For many families, Monday's move-in day was much anticipated. Rodney Davis's son, born at only 1 pound 7 ounces, is in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Davis is looking forward to the support system the new house will offer.
"To be able to communicate with some of the other families and some of the problems they are going through we can understand and sympathize with them as well as they can with us,” said Davis.
Families say they are grateful for all of the new amenities.
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