VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Fisher House to break ground in 2015
The Friends of the Fisher House Connecticut plan to break ground in 2015 on a new facility located on the grounds of the West Haven campus. The house will provide free accommodations to family members of veterans receiving inpatient and some outpatient treatment at VA.
Fisher Houses are the military/veteran equivalent of Ronald McDonald Houses. These houses provide a “home away from home” in a supportive environment, offering a free place to stay for the veteran, or the loved ones of VA inpatients.
Currently, there are 65 Fisher Houses nationwide, all near military hospitals or VA facilities. Since 1990, Fisher Houses across the nation have provided services to over 250,000 families who have stayed more than 5.8 million days, saving them a combined $282 million in hotel and transportation costs. This year, the Fisher House Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary.
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. In 2010 he was asked to lead a local effort to build a house at the West Haven campus and Friends of Fisher House Connecticut was launched. The Creed Law Firm is serving as underwriters for the project so that 100 percent of all proceeds will go toward construction of the house. The goal is to raise $3 million which will then be matched by the Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut has had an overwhelming amount of support from the community since the project began. Many local businesses and organizations have helped to raise money for the house, including Shop Rite, which has raised more than $325,000 in the last three years.
For more information on events, the build, or to donate to Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, visit www.fisherhousect.org