Ronald McDonald Houses, Portland and Bangor, Maine
The Homeroom project reflects the continuation of an ongoing software development partnership between Bowdoin College and the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine. The Ronald McDonald House provides overnight housing for families whose children are undergoing medical procedures at the local medical center. For many years, room reservations for these families were made using a paper-based calendar system, which was combersome and labor intensive.
In 2011, a computer science class team at Bowdoin College developed an electronic room scheduling system to replace this paper-based process. This new system allows the non-profit to plan, predict, and report on room utilization more easily, benefiting both the organization’s volunteer team and the families that rely on the House’s services. Homeroom was upgraded and refined by a 4-student team at Bowdoin in Fall 2013.
Homeroom was further refined in 2015. A new customized version was developed and installed for the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor, ME in 2017. This latter work was done by NPFI, but it relied heavily on the initial development work done by Bowdoin student teams in earlier years.
The Development Triad:
- The Non-Profit: Ronald McDonald Houses, Portland and Bangor, Maine required an electronic room reservation system to replace its manual paper-based system.
- The College: Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine developed the Homeroom application with two computer science students and an instructor during the spring 2011 semester.
- The Software Professional: Artopa, Inc., Portland, Maine provides web hosting support, and NPFI provides bug fixing and feature enhancement.
- “Live” version: http://rmhcmaine.org/homeroom/
- System resources (design document, source code, “sandbox” database, etc.): http://github.com/megandalster/rmh-homeroomcivi/wiki/project-resources