Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
Life happens. Imagine how you would feel if you were to get a phone call that a loved one was wounded, ill or injured. After the initial shock, you would want two things: the best medical care possible and to be there with your loved one. But, for many military and veterans’ families, physically “being there” is not easy.
This is exactly the case for the Allen family. Staff Sgt. Chaz Allen was injured after he stepped on a pressure-plate IED in Afghanistan, losing both legs and breaking his elbow. After being stabilized, Chaz was flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside of Washington, D.C., where he remained for approximately nine months. Chaz’s wife, Jessica, spent these months traveling back and forth between their home in Tennessee and their “home away from home” at Fisher House.
For over 25 years, Fisher House Foundation has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. At Fisher House Foundation, we appreciate the significant contributions and sacrifices of the service men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our nation in the armed services.
Fisher House Foundation is the only nonprofit whose mission is to construct homes to meet the temporary-lodging needs of the families of veterans and service members receiving medical care. The Fisher House program provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at 24 major military and 31 VA medical centers through our network of 76 Fisher Houses located across the country and overseas. The homes provide free temporary lodging so that military and veterans’ families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between eight and 21 suites, which include private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen; laundry facilities; a spacious dining room; and an inviting living room, complete with a library and toys for children. The home not only 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 so that they can rest and recharge.
Prior to Fisher House’s inception, families had nowhere to stay when loved ones were seeking medical treatment. In 1990, Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher solved this problem through a unique public-private partnership. Fisher Houses are constructed on public land and, upon completion, are gifted to the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Department of Veteran Affairs for operation. This model allows the foundation to move forward with the next community.