Ronald McDonald House Flourishing Two Months after Opening

By Rachel Martin

January 27, 2013 Updated Jan 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Ronald McDonald House has been well received at Parkview Regional Medical Center ever since it opened two months ago.

“It's a home away from home,” that's how families are describing the new Ronald McDonald House at Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The house opened its doors Nov. 27, and Executive Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northeast Indiana Lisa Pacula says it’s flourishing.

“It has been so wonderful since we opened the doors. The hospital was so excited and they’d been waiting for us to open since they had moved here March 17 (2011). They had been without the Ronald McDonald House for that period of time and were anxiously awaiting for the house to open,” said Pacula.

Ronald McDonald House assists families whose children are being hospitalized long term by allowing them to stay at little or no cost. Pacula says there are 11 guest rooms each furnished with Tempurpedic mattresses, and everything from toiletries to meals are donated and provided for the families.

Leon Babcock from Albion says he’s been staying at the Ronald McDonald House for a week while his grandson receives care. He says he stays the night in his grandson’s hospital room, but he visits the house for meals.

"It's like home. It's just like being at home,” he said. “And it would be real hard trying to find something to eat, especially when you don’t have too much money.”

"[Families] walk in the door and pretty much their first word is, ‘wow.’ I think they love the home, they're feeling comfortable in this house and they're making it their home,” said Pacula.

Pacula says ever since they opened, the house has been full. With the additional space and added evening meals, they’re able to assist more families at their new location.

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