Construction of new 'Kathy's House' kicks off with virtual groundbreaking ceremony

NOW: Construction of new ’Kathy’s House’ kicks off with virtual groundbreaking ceremony

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Construction is now underway for a new home for Kathy's House, the nonprofit guest house at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center where out-of-town people can stay while loved ones receive long-term care.

Kathy's House had a virtual groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, June 30, at the construction site along 92nd Street.

Kathy's House has been operating at capacity for years, and they've actually had to turn away guests because they didn't have enough room.

They held a fundraising drive, and one of the key donors was the Ladish Company Foundation.

"First of all, the people at Kathy's House are amazing," said Gary Vroman of the Ladish Co. Foundation. "They fill an incredible, needed role for those who are facing health care challenges. Second of all, wow, did they need a new house."

That new house will have 36 rooms, doubling the current capacity. It's expected to open next summer.

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