GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After several months, the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan is back open.
A ceiling sprinkler froze and ruptured about eight weeks ago, flooding the Grand Rapids facility and causing extensive damage.
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a haven for out of town families needing to stay close to their loved ones receiving medical treatment in Grand Rapids. With community members and contractors help, the facility reopened quickly despite the many needed repairs.
“The whole community rallied in a number of different ways,” said Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan President and CEO Marcie Lewis.
“We are back open to our families and we couldn't be happier and neither could they.”
"Just the family atmosphere," said Kelly Griffin, a parent staying at the facility.
"Just being able to interact with everybody else and share everybody else’s burdens and what they are going through helps us. It has been a home away from home.”
During the repair, the Ronald McDonald House provided hotel rooms, food and transportation for families in need.
The staff is hosting an open house at the facility next Tuesday afternoon. The public is welcome to stop by and see the reparations.
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