A symbolic ribbon was cut Tuesday morning and ceremonial shovels of dirt were overturned as Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House broke ground for its expansion, thanks in part to a large donation by Bruce Dye and members of Mad Anthonys Charity Classic this year of $740,000. The facility will be expanding to accommodate more families. Founded in 2003, it is a nonprofit hospitality house for families of children who are undergoing medical treatment at Lutheran Hospital. Located on the Lutheran Hospital campus, the facility provides shelter, meals and laundry. In return, guests are asked to pay a nominal charge of $10 a night, but the fee will be waived if they cannot afford it.
Currently the facility has six bedrooms. With the renovations, they will have 10 bedrooms with a larger kitchen space, stocked pantry, two living rooms, TV lounge, computer room, fitness room, meditation rooms and three laundry rooms. Some of the rooms function as more then one thing, like an employee's office that has a shower for visitors' use and a wall pullout bed to accommodate the night manager. The expansion will allow for better wheelchair accessibility throughout the house, Cindy Atkinson, executive director of Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House, said.
The Hope House employs two full-time employees and several part-time overnight managers. The project is expected to be completed by August.