29th anniversary: The Story of RMHC Idaho
In March of 1985, a group of local doctors, parents, community volunteers and McDonald’s owners met to discuss the concept of a Ronald McDonald House in Idaho. This group shared a vision and commitment to provide what has become a home away from home for more than 10,000 families during the past 29 years. They started out small, with a big goal in mind – opening a home where families could stay with their sick children close to the hospital.
The perfect house was found – a home at 101 Warm Springs Avenue that belonged to the Nicholson Family. As with many organizations in Idaho, we find our beginnings are due in large part to the generosity of J.R. Simplot. Mr. Simplot put his support behind the project and provided the money to purchase the House to become Idaho’s Ronald McDonald House. After two years of planning and hard work, the dream became a reality and the House was ready to accept guests.
When the doors to the 4-bedroom house opened to families on February 1, 1988, the House’s impact was immediately felt and before long it was hard to imagine a time there hadn’t been a resource like it. Some of the best memories that early House volunteers have shared include the time they would spend at the dining room table visiting with families and how there always seem to be a tangible way to help.
That caring, supportive, welcoming feeling still exists today for each of the hundreds of families that walk through the door each year. The past 29 years have seen many changes, growth and adjustments at this “House That Love Built,” but the mission to provide a home for families of ill and injured children has never wavered.
Help us continue to be able to support families by visiting our month long online auction at, https://rmhc29anniv.afrogs.org/#/index