Ronald McDonald House Getting a Makeover

"When families are spending all of their time in an ICU environment and they are spending an average of 15 days here up to a year or longer even," says Director of Development and Public Relations for the house, Carolyn Hurst, "At that point, they really need a room that feels like home."

Lansing, MI - It is one of Lansing's premiere charities and with the help of the community, the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan will be getting a long awaited makeover.

The house is receiving a $75,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation.

The foundation is a community group that awards one impact grant per year to a worthy local charity and the Ronald McDonald House's "Heal the House" project fit the bill.

The house gives shelter to families with children at Sparrow Hospital across the street.

But, the "house that love built" is 15 years old and in need of some love itself.

"It's a nice house, it's a clean house, but it is not the sort of welcoming calm environment you'd want to see in the rooms," says Vice President of Communications for the CRC Foundation Robin Miner-Swartz.

Seven of the eight existing rooms will get a makeover and all the common flooring in the house will be replaced.

"We hope that we will help Ronald McDonald House make a much bigger difference for the people they are already serving," says Miner-Swartz.

This is in the hopes of making the house a more soothing and safer environment for families.

"When families are spending all of their time in an ICU environment and they are spending an average of 15 days here up to a year or longer even," says Director of Development and Public Relations Carolyn Hurst, "They really need a room that feels like home."

Renovations on the house will begin at the end of the summer and take about a year to complete.

All of this was made possible by the Community Foundation and a matching $75,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.

To help the House visit http://rmhmm.org/, or to learn more about the Capital Region Community Foundation, visit http://www.crcfoundation.org/.


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