The province is giving a charity that provides housing for families with children in the hospital $5 million in matching funds to complete a new project.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is growing with changing needs in Manitoba, and to do that, they need more space. With a $5 million commitment from the Province of Manitoba to matching private donations, the Winnipeg house is moving its location and tripling its capacity from 14 beds to 40.
“The new house will be a safe haven of care, compassion and service for Manitoba families, and the next legacy of RMHC Manitoba’s essential contribution to family-centred care. We are forever grateful to the province for recognizing, valuing and supporting the RMHC Manitoba mission," Wendy Galagan, the charity's CEO says in a statement.
Ground broke on the 50,000-sq.-ft house at 62 Juno Street in March. This will be a significantly larger space than the 11,000-sq.-ft. house currently on Bannatyne Avenue.
“Ronald McDonald House provides an essential service to Manitoba families faced with many parents’ biggest fear: a sick child,” Health Minister Heather Stefanson says in a statement.
The house gives food and shelter to families from rural and Northern Manitoba who need to stay in the city as their child receives medical care. The house has "home-like bedrooms and living rooms," laundry machines, transportation services, and a full kitchen.
The new house will also feature a private outdoor recreation space, fenced-in parking, and separate laundry, bathroom, and living spaces. Bone marrow and solid organ transplant patient suites will be added to give additional isolation for families needing to take extra precautions.