The ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened Houston’s second Fisher House was held on Wednesday, September 25. It’s a 20-suite comfort home provided by the Fisher House Foundation for families whose loved one is admitted for treatment at the Houston VA Medical Center. It provides private living accommodations as well as common areas like a spacious living room, kitchen and dining room.
Dave Koker, Fisher Family Foundation, explains the program this way: “The whole idea behind Fisher House is work at filling those gaps and improving the lives of our military families. If get a phone call and learn that a loved one is wounded, ill or injured you want two things – you want the best medical care possible and you want to be there. The VA and military health care systems do a great job of providing world-class health care, but sometimes the challenge is having a place for the family to stay. If you think about what Ronald McDonald Houses do for children we do for military.”
Frank Kelly is the House Manager of Fisher House Houston, and says with the second house it allows them to expand their area of coverage. The Houston VA Medical Center in Houston is built to accommodate 1.4 million veterans, and the first Fisher House was the busiest in the nation and at times had to turn families down. That is no longer the case.