VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Fisher House groundbreaking set for April 11
Groundbreaking for Fisher House Connecticut is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 at 11am at the West Haven campus, 950 Campbell Avenue. The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut have worked tirelessly for a number of years to fund this 16-suite house that will be located near the main entrance. Fisher Houses are the military/veteran equivalent of Ronald McDonald Houses providing the loved ones of VA inpatients a “home away from home” near the facility while the veteran receives treatment. Accommodations are provided to family members at no cost.
Currently, there are 71 Fisher Houses nationwide, all near military hospitals or VA facilities. Since 1990, Fisher Houses across the nation have provided services to over 305,000 families who have stayed more than 7 million days, saving them a combined $360 million in hotel and transportation costs.
Kevin Creed, chairman of Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, first became involved in the national Fisher House organization in 2004 when he retired from the Army. About a year ago, Creed was propositioned to lead a local effort to build a house at the West Haven campus and Friends of Fisher House Connecticut was launched. The law firm of Newman, Creed and Associates is serving as underwriters for the project so that 100 percent of all proceeds will go toward construction of the house.
The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut had an overwhelming amount of support from the community since the project began. Many local businesses and groups helped to raise money for the house, including Shoprite, which hosted a fundraiser and school children who have sold commemorative wristbands.
For more information or to donate to Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, visit www.fisherhousect.org.