By Natalie Shutler
Established in 1990 by construction magnate Zachary Fisher, the Fisher House program builds homes away from home for the relatives of veterans and military personnel who are being treated at regional medical facilities in the U.S. and Germany. More than 50 of these no-fee residences are now up and running. The latest Fisher House opens this month in Anchorage, Alaska, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and three more are being planned in Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia. The dwellings, overseen by architect Carl Zarrello and featuring restful suites and welcoming common areas by interior designer Beverly Archer Miears, are financed by the family-run, Maryland-based Fisher House Foundation. (The nonprofit also administers scholarships for military spouses and children, including one funded by the royalties from President Barack Obama’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters [Knopf, 2011].) “The goal is to provide comfort to families at a critical time in their lives,” says CEO Ken Fisher. “We want them to feel taken care of.” fisherhouse.org
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