Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado
Steve Bigari, Nancy Parker-Brummett, Mayor John Suthers, Beth Alessio, Joel Yuhas and Greg Raymond get dirty.
Officials and business leaders broke ground on the new Ronald McDonald House on June 27. The construction site on the UCHealth Memorial North campus will soon be a temporary home for families with critically ill, hospitalized children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado currently has a 6,500-square-foot facility near UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, where it houses up to 11 families per night. The new location will be four times that size, according to a news release from Ronald McDonald House. It's expected to open in spring of next year.
An architect's rendering shows a Ronald McDonald House four times the size of the charity's current location.
Ronald McDonald House has served more than 10,000 families in its central location, which opened 31 years ago. The nonprofit's mission is to keep families near their children during medical crises, providing them with access to a kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry room, along with indoor and outdoor play areas for children.
The new facility will serve children from Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and beyond, the release said.
Mayor John Suthers, UCHealth CEO Joel Yuhas, and Beth Alessio, the nonprofit's CEO, were among those who got their hands dirty at the groundbreaking ceremony.
"The new House will impact the lives, health and well-being of seriously ill children and their families well into the future," the release read. "We are thrilled for this important moment in the history of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado."