Ronald McDonald House of Memphis recently added two 2-bedroom apartments to the facility, increasing the number of families that can be served each night to 53 from 51. Each apartment has two bedrooms and one bathroom, a full kitchen, living room, dining area and washer/dryer. The renovation was made possible by converting an attached 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment that had been a resident manager’s unit.
“The two new apartments have been a wonderful addition to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. The apartments allow families that reside in them to have private living space while still enjoying the amenities offered at Ronald McDonald House,” said Sherri Maxey, Ronald McDonald House Director of House Operations. “Our decorator, JoAnn Heath, has created a warm and comfortable environment for the families.”
Before beginning the renovation, Ronald McDonald House staff consulted with St. Jude to determine the best use of the space to meet the needs of St. Jude patients. Through these discussions with St. Jude an immediate need was identified for additional housing that could accommodate long-term stays, patients needing isolation for infection control and families needing hospice support.
Since opening on May 5, both apartments have been occupied. Both families have commented on how much they enjoy the privacy of the apartments, because of the unique needs of their children, while still being part of the supportive, communal environment that makes Ronald McDonald House such a special place.
The new apartments will not only allow Ronald McDonald House to serve more families throughout the year, but will allow families with special situations to be more comfortable while going through a very difficult time in their lives.