By Nikasha Dicks
It's been a year since the groundbreaking for the Fisher House at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and construction is well under way.
The house is located off Wrightsboro Road in front of the medical center. Construction began in June and is projected to be finished in late spring. A target date for its opening hasn't been set.
"It looks really good," said Janice Kennedy, community relations coordinator for the medical center. "It's going well."
The Fisher House provides a place for families of patients receiving care at military and VA hospitals. Families stay free.
The house being built at the Uptown Division will feature 21 suites, a large living room area, a large kitchen and a patio area, Kennedy said.
"Families can come here knowing they don't have to pay for a place to stay and can be with their families," she said. "It's like a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care. It's a blessing for our veteran families and our active duty families to have it here."
The total cost of the house is going to be between $4 million and $5 million. The community raised a little more than $1.8 million and the remainder is coming from the Fisher House Foundation, she said.
"Once the house is complete, it is turned over to the VA," she said. "We will have a Fisher House manager who will work out of the house. We will maintain the grounds and housekeeping. We will use donations to assist families living there, to keep food there and provide basic transportation."
If you would like help with the Fisher House by donating or volunteering, contact Kennedy at (706) 823-1733.
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