News from the House – Hal’s Letter


Our Ronald McDonald House opened its doors on September 10, 1984 and that means we celebrated our 28th birthday a few weeks ago.

Somewhere out there, a special handful of adults are celebrating their 28th birthday this year, too. These hopefully healthy and happy individuals are members of some of the first families to stay at our Ronald McDonald House. I bet they don’t know that they are one of 75,000 family members to stay with us since our beginning. As they’ve grown, we’ve grown. We hear from them occasionally. It’s heart-warming to hear that some have children and families of their own and know that each of you has played a role in their lives.

In the spirit of birthdays, I thought it would be fun to give you a brief recap of our first 28 years to show you our “growth chart.”

Age 1

We moved into our first house – the Ronald McDonald House – on 550 S. First Street.

Age 10

We opened our first Ronald McDonald Family Room at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Age 12

Because we’d grown so much and added more programs, we changed our name from Ronald McDonald House to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK).

Age 17

Began our first major House renovation to add the third floor.

Age 19

We completed our first major renovation. Two years for a home renovation – that’s about right!

Age 21

We buy our first House on 550 S. First St. (we were leasing).

Age 25

We renovate again to add the fourth floor and top out at 36 guestrooms.

Age 28

We realize our House isn’t big enough for our growing family and are exploring options.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your support through the years. Our donors are like the parents of the House – without your support, we wouldn’t have grown so big to provide and accomplish so much. Our successes are your successes. When we need help, you’re there to pick us up. Our volunteers are like our best friends – to lend a sympathetic ear or a helping hand. I know you understand how special, but absolutely essential our mission is and that we can count on all of you to be supportive over the next stage of RMHCK’s life.

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