Fisher House Foundation opens newest safe haven for families of injured soldiers during treatmentU.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Paerschke-O’Brien
In Arizona, families of veterans and active duty soldiers now have access to free housing while loved ones receive medical attention.
Fisher House Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving families of injured soldiers, gifted their newest home to the Tuscon VA Medical Center in southern Arizona this year. Located at Tuscon VA Medical Center’s campus, the Arizona Fisher House is for families who reside more than 50 miles away from the hospital, and all guests must have an advanced referral from a doctor or social worker.
The 14,000-square-foot house “will not only create an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but it will also provide each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge,” according to a statement on the Fisher House website.
Fisher Houses across the United States and Europe hosted more than 28,000 families in 2016 at 65 different facilities – the new Arizona location can house up to 16 families at a time.
David Coker, Fisher House Foundation President, said at the dedication ceremony: “Fisher House Foundation didn’t do this alone. So many people in Arizona and throughout the country contributed to making this dream possible, and it’s something that should make all of us proud.”
Donors who provided support for the project include the Click Family Foundation, American Legion Auxiliary, Commander Murray Lloyd Hammock, Vantage West Credit Union and others.
Residents must be able to care for themselves independently, but the new house is still always in need of volunteers on a regular or special occasion basis. Interested volunteers should contact the Arizona Fisher House manager for more details.