The drive to establish a Ronald McDonald House in Southern Colorado originated when Dr. John Genrich recognized the need for a ‘home away from home’ where families of seriously ill children could find accommodations in Colorado Springs. In the early 1980s, he began rallying the support from local McDonald’s restaurants, the Junior League, Memorial Hospital and other community organizations. As a former TB sanatorium, and later, a residence for nursing students, the house on Logan Avenue has always been a refuge for those in need and those seeking to help them – it is truly the perfect location. The house opened on Valentine’s Day in 1987, an appropriate beginning for what is often called ‘the house that love built’.
Since opening, the house has gone through a couple reconstructions (in 1999, 2007 and again in 2008) which have provided all guests with more common areas to relax, rejuvenate and spend quality time.
Going forward, the Ronald McDonald House became a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)…a crucial addition to our overall goal of supporting families with seriously ill children, providing services to address the unique needs of our community and to develop strong relationships with the medical community.
The first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Colorado was opened in Memorial’s Hospital for Children in January 2008. The Family Room is located directly across the hall from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and serves as a respite for families with seriously ill children.
Realizing the need for additional health care in the Southern Colorado area, the first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile was introduced in March of 2009. RMHC has partnered with Peak Vista Health Systems to offer medical and dental services free of charge to children who might not otherwise have access to healthcare.
A wonderful ‘Healing Garden’ was completed in April 2009. Inspired after a tragic loss of their 33-week gestation son, Sterling, Treasure and Aaron Davis have built an environment for families to reflect, find strength, inspiration, and hope.
A second Ronald McDonald Family Room, located inside St. Francis Medical Center, was opened in mid-October of 2009 and like our first Family Room, serves families with hospitalized children. In addition, this Family Room has two sleeping rooms to provide a much needed ‘overnighting’ option for our families.
To better serve our community and families, our administrative offices were relocated in February of 2012. These offices had been housed inside the Ronald McDonald House since opening its doors in 1987. Moving these offices (a mere two doors away) has allowed for an additional two bedrooms to be added to the Ronald McDonald House… bringing our total number of bedrooms to eleven!!!
In June of 2012, we opened our third Ronald McDonald Family Room in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado. This Family Room is located in the Infusion Center of Children’s Hospital Colorado Outpatient Clinic