SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield announced the celebration of its 30th anniversary, as it continues to serve families of hospitalized children throughout the pandemic.
Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, located at 34 Chapin Terrace, has been home to more than 12,500 families, providing a place to sleep and eat for parents with ill or injured children who are struggling financially.
On Wednesday, the Ronald McDonald House celebrated by holding a socially distanced, outdoor reception. There was an anniversary cake, and they toasted to the occasion.
Leaders of the home reflected back on their work, and looked ahead to the future.
“What stands out to us is the resiliency of the families. The families, as much as we are here for them, they bring us so much joy and happiness on a day to day basis. It’s a joy to do what I do, said Michelle D’Amour, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.
“They’ve asked if we’ve needed any help, or any food just like anything we could possibly ever need. The loving and caring attitude. That’s just made it feel like home and they are a part of his [her son] family,” said Megan Coughlin, a Northampton mother staying at the home.
The pandemic has forced the house to make adjustments to continue providing support. Families aren’t able to say as long as they did in the past, and paying for all the PPE has been a challenge for their budget. They’ve also had a big decrease in international families since the start of the pandemic.
The house features 22 guestrooms with private bathrooms, communal living spaces, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and indoor and outdoor play areas.