Fisher House Dedicates First Home in Arizona
Newest Fisher House Will Provide Free, Temporary Lodging to Military & Veteran Families
Congressman Raul Grijalva, representing Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, Congresswoman Martha McSally, representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, and Jennifer Gutowski Acting Director, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) joined Fisher House Foundation president David Coker here today to dedicate the newest Fisher House at the Tucson VA Medical Center. This home will provide lodging for up to 16 families of eligible Veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.
The Arizona Fisher 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.
The 16-suite, 14,000 sq.-ft. “comfort home” joins the more than 65 Fisher Houses operating in the United States and Europe, and was gifted to VA as part of today’s ceremony. Each bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom, and common areas that include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and patio.
“Fisher House Foundation didn’t do this alone,” said Mr. Coker. “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. Arizonians do care about their Veterans and their families and this home is just one more example of that.”
“The Arizona Fisher House will be a safe, comfortable environment for families,” said Ms. Gutowski. “It will be a place where families can spend quality time together while their loved one is healing. I look forward to a long and rewarding partnership between the Tucson VA and the Fisher House Foundation. All of us together will pave the way to provide exceptional care and comfort to our Veteran and active duty service member families during their time of need.”
Construction of this Fisher House was supported by: Arizona Fisher House, The American Legion – Sons of the American Legion – American Legion Auxiliary, An Anonymous Donor, Click Family Foundation, Harriet and Lt. Commander Murray Lloyd Hammock, USNR, MCS Charitable Foundation, Susan Bring and Vantage West Credit Union.