OMAHA, Neb. — Officials with the Ronald McDonald House in Omaha are trying to raise more than $10 million to expand the facility.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the organization announced the Hope and Healing Expansion project Wednesday.

The project would add 20,000 square feet and 20 guest rooms to the facility, which houses families of children receiving medical treatment in the city.

The facility now has 20 rooms and has had a waiting list of up to 10 families every night since 2015. Families were turned away nearly 800 times last year.

“Our local Ronald McDonald House was determined to find a way to meet the increasing demand for services we provide for families who seek our help during the most difficult time in their lives,” said Scott Searl, president of the house’s board of directors.

Plans also include adding an in-house clinic and infusion center that will be operated by Nebraska Medicine.

“We will be saying goodbye to waiting rooms and saying hello to going to a doctor’s appoint in your pjs,” said Executive Director Lindsey Rai Reasner.

The expansion also includes plans for a larger kitchen, volunteer room, community classroom, toy closet, two quiet rooms and office space for Angels Among Us. The organization gives financial support to the families with children battling cancer.

The additional space will allow the facility to offer programming, including classes for children who are missing school because of their hospital stays.

Officials hope to expand the facility by 2019. About $8.7 million has been raised so far.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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