Ronald McDonald House undergoing top-to-bottom renovation

The Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is getting a makeover …. a top-to-bottom makeover.

The Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is getting a makeover. The four-story Cambridge House and all 18 family bedrooms will be completely renovated at a total cost of about $400,000.

The Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is getting a makeover. The four-story Cambridge House and all 18 family bedrooms will be completely renovated at a total cost of about $400,000.

The four-story Cambridge House and all 18 family bedrooms will be completely renovated at a total cost of about $400,000, including several generous in-kind donations.

Seventeen of the 18 bedrooms where families stay while their children are undergoing medical care in the Valley have been adopted by companies, foundations, individuals and organizations, which will purchase and install decorations and furnishings.

The main building’s common rooms, hallways, laundry room and manager’s apartment will be upgraded with new flooring and paint among other improvements. New furniture, donated by LaZBoy Furniture Galleries of Arizona, will be installed throughout the house.

All families that were staying at the Cambridge House have been relocated to the Ronald McDonald House on Roanoke Street.

“The Cambridge House, built in 2008, is very active given its location on the Phoenix Children’s Hospital campus and we felt it was time to repair, renovate and upgrade,” said Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix  Executive Director Nancy Roach.

“The Cambridge House recently benefitted from the expansion and upgrading of the kitchen thanks to the incredible generosity of an individual donor and this activity will bring the rest of the house up to where it needs to be for our families.”

In 2015, the Cambridge House averaged 96 percent occupancy throughout the year with 440 family visits representing 5,581 room nights.  Since opening in 2008, families have spent more than 31,000 nights at the Cambridge House.

Ms. Roach said that funds for the renovation are available and have been approved for the work by the RMHC Board of Directors.  Each of the entities adopting a room donates funds for their decorations and furnishings.  Full renovation work began the week of Feb. 8 with families expected to move back in late spring.

“We are always overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of those organizations, businesses and individuals who so willingly adopt rooms in each of our Houses,” Ms. Roach said. “For us, much of the fun is watching them do their magic because they really are driven by their hearts.”

Groups already adopting rooms at the Cambridge House are: Ally’s Apartment, American Technologies, Inc., Ascend at ASU, The Carter Family, Children’s Cancer Network, Copper Point, CVS Caremark, Desert Sun Movers, The Jim and Cindy Gossen Family, Nate Harat, Jones Lang LaSalle, Ted and Nancy Lewis, The Olmsted Family, The Purple Society, The Red Shoe Society, Solara Adjustable Patio Covers and USAA.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.

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