Grand opening of expanded facility is Sept. 14

Talk about a house of hope! The Columbus Ronald McDonald House is about to become the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with the grand opening this weekend of its expanded facility near Nationwide Children's Hospital. This amazing organization provides families with a home away from home while their children are under treatment for serious illnesses.

The new 57-guest room expansion brings the total of guest rooms on their campus to 137, enabling the House to provide more than 15,000 additional nights' stays each year.

Also included in the expansion are three themed common areas, a commercial kitchen, a rooftop garden and five single-family homes for families whose children have extended stays at the hospital. These extended stay suites are isolated from the rest of the House to allow organ transplant recipients and immune-suppressed patients to stay with their families while they recover. The expansion also includes additional green space with a healing garden, fountain and backyard for families and children to enjoy while staying at the House.

RMHC of Central Ohio began the 30,000 square foot additions in 2013. Since opening in July 2008, the current House has operated at or near full capacity.

You can check it all out this Sunday, Sept. 14 at their Community Open House. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the House, which is located at 711 E. Livingston Ave. For more information, go to www.rmhc-centralohio.org