Ronald McDonald House Charities to build new house

Ronald McDonald House Charities to build new house

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo has announced plans to build a new house to better meet the needs of families with children receiving medical care.

RMHC announced the public phase of a $3.5 million capital campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House for the Amarillo community.

A ‘quiet phase’ began in early 2018, and once the organization secured a gift to reach 70% of their fundraising mark, it allowed the charity to break the exciting news to the public.

The current RMHC of Amarillo house first opened its doors in 1983 and over the years has provided more than 70,000 nights of lodging to families with sick kids.

Amarillo’s house was the 49th house constructed, with more than 350 RMHC Houses operating worldwide.

The facility has faced structural and mechanical issues over the years, which the RMHC of Amarillo said has been challenging to address for a charity operating on an annual budget of about $550,000.

The organization’s board of directors concluded that building a new structure on the current land would be the most economically viable option and the best choice for serving families in the future.

The new house is designed to reduce its carbon foot print and provide better amenities for patients.

RMHC also plans to work closely with Habitat for Humanity to ensure they are taking any parts of the structure that are salvageable before the rebuild is set to begin.

During the construction phase, RMHC of Amarillo will continue to serve families off-site, with the groundbreaking expected for Fall 2019.

Copyright 2019 KFDA. All rights reserved.