Little Red House expansion

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:36 PM

The project will triple the Little Red House’s size and double its day care capacity.

Little Red House participant Hilda McBride, 94, said she’s excited about the plans — which include a new service kitchen, larger activity space and dining area, six new wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and a snowmelt system in the drop-off area.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said McBride, who attends Little Red House activities four times a week. “The more room we have, the more people we’ll have here.”

The nonprofit organization was launched 14 years ago. It currently serves about 18 participants each day in space that was designed for 12 people, according to Executive Director Jody Herrelko. The expanded facility will accommodate up to 45 people and allow participants to dine together.

Groundbreaking is slated for June 19.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to offer this service to the community, knowing the aging population is really, really growing,” Herrelko said. “We’re just excited the community and the village support our expansion.”

Residential developer/builder David C. Bos is heading up the project that will include new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, an outdoor patio, meeting rooms, and staff offices. Square footage will increase from 1,590 to 5,873.

Herrelko said it’s important to keep the residential feel alive in the expansion.

“Our mission is to be home-like,” she said. “We want to give our participants the comfort of home and feeling of being home all day long. That’s a real advantage and a plus for our participants.”

Herrelko said statistics show one out of every eight Americans ages 40-60 is simultaneously raising a child and caring for a parent.

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