We are excited to announce plans for Our New House.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore announced today that it plans to move to a new House located at 1200 E. Baltimore Street in the Jonestown neighborhood of Baltimore. Construction on the new 60,000 square foot Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is scheduled to begin in 2015 and will more than double the capacity of the existing House located at 635 W. Lexington Street.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, the only Ronald McDonald House in Maryland, has been home to more than 36,000 families since 1982, and is a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at Baltimore-area hospitals.
“We are excited about plans for a new House, which will accommodate more than twice the number of families as our current location and meet the urgent and growing demand that we have to be a home away from home for many more families than we can currently serve,” said Sandy Pagnotti, president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. “Our new location in the Jonestown neighborhood presents an opportunity for us to not only continue this mission, but to also play a vital role in the revitalization of this neighborhood as a gateway into Baltimore City.”
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore serves as an extension of care for six Baltimore-area hospitals including the University of Maryland Medical Center, R. Adams, Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Rubin Institute at Sinai Hospital, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.
“For more than three decades, the greater Baltimore community has been extremely supportive of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, with thousands of individual and corporate volunteers, along with the owners and operators of local
McDonald’s, giving of their time, energy and resources to ensure that the families staying at the House have the most positive experience possible,” said Chuck Langmead, Campaign Chair for the new Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. ”I am confident that the new House will be equally supported, offering even more opportunity for the community to become involved in this wonderful organization and become part of the growing Ronald McDonald House family.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is open to families in need of respite care while their children are being treated at area hospitals. Baltimore’s House welcomes families from twenty-two different countries, and from almost all fifty states. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is a non-profit corporation run by a small staff and volunteer Board of Directors. The House depends upon the generosity of corporations and local volunteers who donate thousands of dollars and hours of time each year.