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    Providing a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.

Statement from Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher - March 11, 2010

"We are thrilled and honored to be chosen as a recipient of President Obama's Nobel Prize award money. For 20 years, Fisher House has supported our troops and veterans by providing housing for their loved ones during their care and rehabilitation at military installations and VA medical centers around the world. It is a responsibility we take very seriously and have accepted as our duty and obligation to our servicemen and women."

Q&A

What is the Fisher House?

 

The purpose of the Fisher House is to provide temporary lodging for active and veteran military families during a medical crisis.  The house offers a warm, inviting, and often calming environment where family members can find encouragement from others experience similar circumstances.  It’s considered to be a “home away from home” and provides a sense of comfort while a loved one is undergoing medical treatment as an inpatient at the St. Louis VA Medical Center or a local St. Louis hospital.

 

How much does it cost?

 

There is no fee for families staying at the Fisher House

 

How do I arrange to stay at the Fisher House?

 

Referrals to the Fisher House should be done in advance by the social workers assigned to the patient.  An initial screening will be conducted to determine appropriateness. Because space is limited, rooms are assigned on a first come first served basis.

 

What are your hours?

 

The Fisher House is staffed Monday through Friday 7am-7pm.  We are closed on weekends and Federal Holidays. 

 

What are some of the qualifications to stay at Fisher House?

 

To qualify, guests need to be traveling a distance greater than 50 miles from their homes to the St. Louis area.  Guests must be medically stable and capable of self-care and be prepared to provide support for the hospitalized military member.  The guest must also be able to stay in an unsupervised setting and must not have any contagious conditions.  Please contact your social worker or the Fisher House for more information and other qualifying factors.

 

How can I help?

 

By contributing to the St. Louis VA Medical Center Fisher House, you will be making a difference the lives of service members, veterans and their families at a time they need it the most.  We depend on volunteers and voluntary support to enhance daily operations and facilitate program expansion, while providing for the comfort and needs of our guests.  For more information please contact the Fisher House at 314-894-6145.

Can I tour the Fisher House?

 

All visits and tours MUST be scheduled and approved by the Fisher House Manager.