MARQUETTE — Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices to improve your organization. That’s no different for the Beacon House.

The Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house will be closing down. Not to worry, the closing is only temporary; it will allow them to raise funds more quickly, so that they can build their new facility next to the hospital as soon as possible. The move is expected to benefit the Beacon House as a whole.

“It just makes a lot of sense right now for us to go ahead and close up, channel all of our energies into raising the capital to build that new Beacon House and still run our Beacon House rooms in the hospital,” said CEO Mary Dowling There’s always going to be a place for people to stay; we’re always going to take care of our guests. But for a short period of time, it’s going to be a few less rooms.”

Dowling says that this is “short term pain for long term gain,” and that they plan to break ground and begin construction for their new facility as close to the opening in of the new hospital in Marquette.