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WHAT IS FISHER HOUSE?
A "HOME AWAY FROM HOME"
The Fisher House program provides a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.
NOT A HOTEL – A LOVELY HOUSE
Located close to the hospital, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children.
No family ever pays to stay at a Fisher House, no matter the length of stay.
FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS' FAMILIES
The Fisher House program is not just for active-duty service members. Our Fisher Houses are located at both military and VA medical centers. From 19-year-old service members to 90-year-old Veterans, we are here to help.
A PLACE OF COMFORT AND COMPASSION
The home creates an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but also provides each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge. Families lean on each other for support.
A SPECIAL HOME – FISHER HOUSE FOR FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN at Dover AFB
A very special home was opened in November 2010, it is for the families of the fallen as they come to Dover to meet their loved ones on their final journey home. I cannot think of a more heartfelt Fisher House than the one that now serves the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These families previously stayed off-base at a motel.
Heather Carter shares her story:
Senior Airman Heather Carter was looking forward to a long military career when disaster struck. Injured in a freak accident, Heather’s left leg was badly shattered, and her life was changed forever.
In her words: “I had been such an extrovert; I loved sports and loved life. Then the accident, and my life changed overnight, and so did I. The chronic pain forced me to isolate. I became a hermit. I was hooked on meds. Depression became rampant. And yes, I thought heavily about suicide.”
After 14 grueling surgeries over four years, Heather and her doctors made the tough decision to amputate her leg. Her mom, Vicky Carter, quit her job to be at her daughter’s side, and took on the role of caretaker and advocate during Heather’s rehabilitation process. They stayed at Fisher House for more than a year.
Describing her time at Fisher House, Vicky said “In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”
You can help military and veterans families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it most, at a time of a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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