Fisher House Foundation cares for military families
May 24, 2023

The Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Rockville, Maryland, continues its year-round mission of supporting military families in their most challenging moments. The foundation provides free lodging across the United States for the loved ones of military service members who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country.

Founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, the organization was established to address the unmet need for housing for military families during their loved one’s medical treatment. The first Fisher House was brought to life in Bethesda, Maryland, and since then, the foundation has grown to include a network of 94 “comfort homes” across the nation, with plans to reach 100 houses within the next year.

The Fisher Houses serve as a sanctuary for families during their most difficult times. The foundation has accommodated nearly 455,000 guest families nationwide, providing over 12 million days of free lodging and saving them nearly $500 million in travel and lodging expenses.

Each Fisher House offers a warm and supportive environment, aiming to provide not only a place to rest but also a community of support. Families are embraced by other families staying in the house, forming a unique and caring support system. The houses feature common areas where families can come together, share their experiences, and find solace in the company of others who understand their journey.

Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, emphasizes the significance of the organization’s work. He acknowledges the sacrifices and burdens military families endure and believes it is crucial to narrow the military-civilian divide by shedding light on the challenges faced by these families.

The impact of Fisher House Foundation is best exemplified through the stories of those it has supported.
Gold Star mother Toni Gross, whose son U.S. Corporal Frank Gross lost his life in Afghanistan, shares her experience of finding solace and healing at a Fisher House. The Gross family was welcomed into a Fisher House during the dignified transfer of Frank Gross at Dover Air Force Base.

Toni Gross describes the house as a “safe place” and a “quiet environment” that provided comfort and support during their time of grieving.

As Memorial Day approaches, Fisher House Foundation reminds us to honor and remember the sacrifices made by military families. Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher stresses that Memorial Day is not merely a day for leisure activities but a solemn occasion to acknowledge the sacrifices of those in uniform and their families.

The Fisher House Foundation’s commitment to providing comfort, support, and a home away from home for military families is a testament to the unwavering gratitude and respect for their service. This Memorial Day, let us remember the sacrifices made by these families and express our appreciation for their dedication to our nation’s freedom.

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