Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest is expanding it's campus. This is the nonprofit organization’s first major expansion in 17 years. The future building will add 34 rooms for families to stay in, resulting in an additional 12,410 nights of lodging. The 35,100-square-foot facility will be constructed at 1028 W. Fifth, directly across the Fifth Avenue from Spokane’s current Ronald McDonald House.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 9th, where the community celebrated the beginning of the construction that has already begun. The new facility is expected to open in January, 2020. Founders of the original Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest spoke at the event about the importance of the new house allowing the organization to continue to serve more families. Caitie Hepner and LeAndra Rodelo both alumni of RMHC InNW, experienced the stress of the waitlist, and spoke about the importance of the expansion.
“We’ve had a waiting list for the last 10 years, and it’s grown over the years.” Said RMHC InNW Executive Director, Mike Forness. These additional 34 rooms are essential to meeting the care of these family’s needs.
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