Press Release

Expansion Eliminates House’s Nightly Waiting List

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The wait is over, and the waiting list will soon be gone! Years of planning came to fruition on May 10, 2016, when Ronald McDonald House® at Stanford celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed, 52,000-square-foot House located at 510 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that began at 10:30 a.m.

The current House, located next door at 520 Sand Hill Road, can accommodate 47 families and has a nightly waiting list of 40-50 families. The new House will provide overnight accommodations for 67 additional families. All families that stay at the House have travelled outside their communities to access medical treatment for their critically ill children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included remarks from Palo Alto Mayor Patrick Burt, and Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and initiated the move-in process for families in need.

Jay Mehta from Pleasanton, Calif., whose family has been staying at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford for several months after his daughter Megan received a heart transplant, applauded the opening of the new House.

“We’ve been so lucky to have the House at Stanford as our home-away-from-home during our experience with Megan,” said Mehta. “And now with the opening of this great new House, the many families on the waiting list will be able draw strength from the safety and comfort it provides during a time of incredible vulnerability.”

The expansion, which broke ground almost two years ago and just completed its capital campaign goal of $40.5 million, will make the House at Stanford one of the largest of the 357 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world. In addition to the 67 family suites, the new facility includes a home-like kitchen and dining areas; age-specific activity rooms; great room; kids’ great room; fitness center and rehabilitation room; private consultation rooms; laundry rooms; underground parking; storage and more. It features interior designs from 48 of the Bay Area’s top interior design firms who provided nearly $3 million in pro bono services and materials to outfit the House, courtesy of a partnership with the San Francisco Design Center. Vance Brown, Inc. served as the project’s general contractor, and Kenneth Rodrigues + Partners was its architecture firm. Bob McIntire, principal at Nova Partners, provided pro bono management services.

“It took an incredible village of supporters in our community to make our vision of this dream house become a reality,” said Annette Eros, CEO of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our amazingly generous partners and donors, and everyone who has contributed their time and effort to create an oasis of hope and love for more families with critically ill children.”

The new House was officially named the Arrillaga Family Center in honor of Bay Area philanthropist John Arrillaga’s significant contributions to the project, which started with the acquisition of the land on which it was built. The original House next door was named the Taube Family Center in honor of Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, who initiated a successful community matching fund challenge as part of the Hope is Growing fundraising campaign to help finance the expansion. Taube has a long-standing relationship with the House at Stanford dating back to 2002, with numerous donations, sponsorships, and other philanthropic support.

After families move into the new facility, the House will use the opportunity to refurbish the original building. Once renovations are complete, the Arrillaga Family Center and Taube Family Center will operate together in conjunction as the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford campus.

In addition to alleviating the House’s nightly waiting list, the expansion will also help meet future demands resulting from the expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, due to be completed in 2017.


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