Today we were happy to have Rich Poplowski as our speaker. Rich is President of the New Haven Rotary Club and is Capital Campaign Director for Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. Rich spoke to us about the new Ronald McDonald House under construction and the fundraising events to fund the project. Ronald McDonald house is funded only through private contributions and grants. The company gives no funds to the Ronald McDonald house across the country.
For 30 years, the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut has delivered hope, compassion and hospitality to over 10,000 families of critically ill children. The Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut is a ”home away from home”, housing children and their families who are being treated at nearby hospitals and healthcare facilities. The House provides a sense of normalcy and keeps families together during the medical trauma of their lives. As the only facility of its kind in Connecticut, we rely on a caring community of dedicated and committed donors and volunteers and a small staff to help our families everyday as they face unimaginable challenges and uncertainty.
Over the next 10 years, the numbers of pediatric visits at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital are expected to triple. This creates a pressing need to build a new Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut to ensure state of the art care can be offered to the increased numbers of families in need. In many cases, the House is the critical link that brings together specialized medical treatment and the children who desperately need it.
Our new House will be adjacent to the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital providing an invaluable service to the medical community and helping thousands of families in the years ahead. By providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community, Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut will always be there to help families when they need us the most for as long as is medically necessary.
The new Ronald McDonald House will be constructed in three phases culminating in a 42 bedroom facility. The first phase will consist of 18 bedrooms and 2 respite rooms and will contain 12,000 sq. ft. of leased space which will be converted into 12 bedrooms when funds become available in Phase 2. Phase 3 will add the remaining bedrooms. All common areas will be built to the full scale of 42 bedrooms in Phase 1. Construction will start in Jan 2016.
Their community fundraising goal is $2.5 million.