Ronald McDonald House Construction
The 20,000 square-foot, 18 bedroom home located near 17th Street and Lake Avenue (just north of the Sanford Children's Hospital) was constructed from 2009 to 2010 by the helping hands of over 80 HBASE member companies. As the Association’s largest community service project ever, the group takes great pride in giving back to the community through such a well-known and respected global charity.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Dakota provides a home away from home for families as their seriously ill children receive medical treatment at facilities such as Sanford Children’s Hospital. When the doors opened for service in January 2011, the charity officially had two homes in Sioux Falls (a 9-bedroom home near Avera McKennan and the new 18-bedroom home near Sanford Children’s Hospital). Over 7,000 families have utilized the charity’s housing services in South Dakota since 1983.
MJ Schmidt, Executive Director of RMHC-SD, believes the partnership between the two organizations set a positive example of just how talented and kind-hearted Sioux Empire business owners and citizens truly are.
“The level of the HBASE’s generosity speaks volumes about the character of the people in this industry in South Dakota,” said Schmidt. “We are so gratefully to have two beautiful homes within the city of Sioux Falls. Hundreds of families from all of the Midwest will lay their head down to rest at the homes.”
The HBASE received the South Dakota Home Builders Association (SDHBA) 2009 Project of the Year Award for the construction of the Ronald McDonald House®. Since the construction of the home began in July of 2008, hundreds of HBASE members have donated cash, materials and long hours of labor to the project.
Dwight Neuharth, Executive Vice-President of the South Dakota Home Builders Association, remarked, “SDHBA is proud of the efforts of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire for their work in building the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls. The charity serves families from around the country and the volunteerism from the home builders helped make this dream happen.”