ST. LOUIS – Ronald McDonald House St. Louis opened their newest facility, Grove House, yesterday, located in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.

The new housing campus on Choteau Avenue features 72 bedrooms, which will soon expand their reach to 92 families each night, according to Ronald McDonald House. This new facility, alongside their West County House, provides lodging to families who have traveled to St. Louis seeking medical treatment for seriously ill or injured children.

“This charity let’s us pull our families close even when they’re healthy to do something good for those families who need to be close when they’re not healthy,” Bridget Hoy Breadsley, chairperson for Ronald McDonald St. Louis, said.

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In 2019, the charity had to turn families away 3,044 times, reinforcing their need for the charity’s services to expand. The expansion will allow the charity to serve 40% more families each year, according to Ronald McDonald House St. Louis.

“This is the most unbelievable organization in the world,” Dan Harbaugh, Ronald McDonald House president and CEO, said. “The acts of kindness and generosity of donors, the volunteers who give so much time and help make this a home away from home.”

Featuring four floors, the Grove House also includes a family kitchen, kids’ playroom, commercial kitchen, and an immune-suppressed lounge for long-term stay families on the first floor.

The other three floors include spaces such as a wellness center salon, a yoga room, a St. Louis Blues game room, a terrace, and a hospitality lounge.