Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.18 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Health, Homeless & Housing, Philanthropy

Location: 111 Rockville Pk Ste 420 Rockville MD 20850 USA

Mission: Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $235 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Results: Families served: More than 220,000 Number of lodging days offered: Over 5.2 million 7,000 students have received $11,000,000 in scholarship awards Over 50,000 airline tickets provided by Hero Miles to service members and their families, worth nearly $73 million
Target demographics: provide temporary lodging for loved ones of those getting care at the hospital
Direct beneficiaries per year: 22,000 military and Veterans families
Geographic areas served: military and VA hospitals
Programs: Hero Miles, Hotels for Heroes, Scholarships for Military Children, Scholarship, Heroes' Legacy Scholarship, Newman's Own Award
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

In the summer of 1999, I worked at the facilities at Walter Reed Medical Center and the annex near Bethesda. My wife, Joan, had one of her many surgeries for brain cancer and we both stayed in the welcome refuge of the DC area Fisher Houses at different periods.
I helped and enjoyed working on the landscaping and grounds. We were blessed to have such support in a tough time when family was hundreds of miles away. Vivian Wilson, who moved to Germany later, was outstanding to work with

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience was the best I've had with any non-profit. outside a church. Few if any organizations come close to their high professionalism and a very high portion of all expenses go to their mission directly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more charitable groups match their administrative overhead ratio

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

build a facility in Montgomery Alabama, where I now live

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

kept me sane at a time when it was essential

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

useful, helpful, generous and appreciated

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Im not only a volunteer for this organization but my husband is in the Army and went through a tour in Iraq. I am confident and certain that if anything were to happen we would be taken care of. Thankfully he came home fine but so many dont. The service members I see are incredible, they go through so much, they are truly fighters in ways you wouldnt imagine. I love working with them. Im honored to work with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering, when you see these guys go home to live thier lives, its something I cant describe.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The miltiary is like a family but the folks at fisher house, residents, employees and volunteers alike are bonded together like glue.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, supportive, informative,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The thing we need help with most is building alot more of these facilities, service members are coming home everyday injured in ways you cant immagine and if we can help in some small way to help them get through these times as a nation we need to do it!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

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