The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore it a $5 million grant last month. The House Charities provide a home away from home for the families of children being treated at a number of local hospitals.
The grant will go towards a $30 million capital campaign dedicated to breaking ground for a new House in the Jonestown neighborhood of Baltimore City. The money provided by the Weinberg Foundation will enable it to begin construction this spring.
According to its press release, the new House will meet an urgent and growing demand to provide families respite. It also states that more than 35,000 families have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore since its inception in 1982.
The new six-story building will be 60,000 square feet, more than double the size of the current House. With 55 rooms expected to accommodate 2,200 families each year, the facility will also include a classroom, a lounge for children and teenagers, roof-top access, suites dedicated to oncology families and a two-story underground garage.
“The magnitude of the Weinberg Foundation gift is overwhelming and transformative in every way. Because of this $5 million Capital Grant we can now bring this long dream to reality,” Sandy Pagnotti, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, said in a press release. “Beyond our own bricks and mortar, we hope to be an anchor and a part of the positive future development in our new neighborhood. We are grateful for the Weinberg Foundation’s belief in our vision of a future that will allow us to help more families in crisis now, and for generations to follow. Our increased capacity will enable thousands of families access to the world-class pediatric medical care provided in Baltimore. We are proud to continue a legacy of love, compassion and community through this partnership.”