Talking with Volunteer Lori Tiongson

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Lori and husband standing in formal wear at Sweetheart Ball

Chris and Lori at the 2018 Sweetheart Ball

We want to introduce you to another amazing RMHC volunteer! This is Lori Tiongson.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Lori Erickson Tiongson, born and raised in Fargo. After graduating from Concordia I moved to Iowa for graduate school, then got married and moved to Kansas City and Sioux Falls before eventually returning with my family to Fargo. My husband Chris and I have 2 kids: Emily, a junior in college, and Eric, a junior in high school. Continue reading

Talking with Volunteer Judy Greene

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Sig & Judy standing outside underneath a tree

Sig & Judy at a Volunteer Appreciation event

Judy Greene has been a weekly volunteer as a Heartwarmer here at the South Ronald McDonald House for the last 13 years. We asked her a few questions about her volunteer experience with RMHC.

What got you started volunteering here?

My friend Sig was going to volunteer here and I said, “I will too!” We started together, and I remember mostly how much sawdust there was! The house was in the final stages of remodeling in the Summer of 2005 and we were getting the kitchen ready for the families. Continue reading

An interview with our architect: Foss Architecture & Interiors

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Shelly & Shari standing outside with "crazy" hats on

Shelly & Shari at the RMHC Yard Sale

Foss Architecture & Interiors acted as our architect and interior designer for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Foss has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a beautiful space for families to recharge. From the overall architecture to the paint color on the walls, Foss has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Foss throughout the entire planning and building process.

We interviewed Shari and Shelly of Foss so you can get to know part of the team too!

Talk briefly about your role at Foss Architecture & Interiors.

Foss’s role for this project was as a team. Shari being the design architect taking the project through design to documentation to construction administration. Shelly was the interior designer selecting finishes, designing interior details and preparing interiors documentation. But the Foss team extends past Shari and Shelly to include our project architect, specification writer, construction administrator and various others at Foss. Truly a team effort! Continue reading

I’m Mary Ellen Rolfson & I am #forRMHC

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Board member wearing red and white striped socksThe Ronald McDonald House of Fargo has an outstanding group of people who make up our Board. At the office, we see how they care deeply for the mission of RMHC, put forth hard work to keep families close and joyfully support this community. We were curious as to what drives these passionate individuals to serve on our Board so we simply asked them. Their answers are pretty inspiring. Today we’ll share about Mary Ellen and how she is #forRMHC.    Continue reading

I’m Brad Kraft and #imbuildingRMHC!

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BradWe would like you to meet Brad Kraft, a member of our board at the Ronald McDonald House!

He is from the Geographical Center of North America………..also known as Rugby, ND. Brad joined the RMHC board this past January in 2016.

When we asked him about what he liked to do in his “free time” he told us he doesn’t have any!

He and his wife, Kim have three children, all boys, Lucas, Ryan and Easton and Brad mentioned that he likes to help coach all their sport’s activities whenever possible.

His favorite movie?   Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which makes us like him a lot.

What do you want people to know about the Ronald McDonald house?  Prior to joining the RMHC board, I was not fully aware of all the groups in the community and surrounding area that sponsor fundraising activities throughout the year.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of the groups over the past year – and their passion for RMHC’s cause is infectious.

What are you most excited about in the new project of our new RMHC house?  The new house was designed from the ground up with extensive focus on making sure the surroundings are as comfortable as possible for the families.  The more efficient design will also allow our dedicated and caring staff to put an even greater focus on helping support families through their difficult time.

To learn more about our new RMHC house project

Thank you Brad for your time in answering our questions and for being on the board for RMHCFargo!


A Note From Jill Christopher

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Jill-ChristopherWhat an exciting few months it has been here at RMHC! We are so excited to finally announce that we are building RMHC! Our Board of Directors and staff have been working hard to make our long-time dream of a new Ronald McDonald House a reality. This new house will allow us to address some areas of need with our two current locations and help even more families with critically-ill children for years to come. We are so grateful to the donors that have committed to keeping families close in the future. Continue reading

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