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vaughanm49

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Review for FRIENDS OF FISHER HOUSE-ILLINOIS, Lagrange, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I could not imagine how wonderful the Fisher House would be, until I actually saw it when we had a grade school class bring books and games to populate the house's library in February and had a reception for them. It is so close to Hines VA Hospital which is wonderful for the family members to be able to walk and spend time with their loved ones receiving treatment. I had heard of the Fisher House at Walter Reed through Tammy Duckworth's telling of her injuries, medical treatment and staying there. I continue to marvel at the great dedication of all of the Board Members who have been the moving force to get money and time donated, and now push to get much needed regional media publicity, as well as food and provisions to keep this Fisher House as the home for so many family members who may need it. Volunteers are always needed, no matter what time they can spare or what they can bring. All are welcomed and thanked with a heartfelt warmth. Hines Fisher House has a wonderful manager in Holly Wright and I know she will continue to be the first face the families see when they stay at the house - one that represents all of the volunteers, their hours of work, their tears at times and the joy found in seeing the building built and occupied. I will continue to raise funds and donations through my work as well as my personal circle of contacts. Each time I volunteer, I meet more veterans who may not require their family to stay here now, but who have commented that it is indeed a wonderful house. I look forward to the May 28th dedication and say boldly - we NEED the PUBLICITY, please.

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

and continue to be wonderful. All of them have a desire to make a great difference, ensuring the House is truly the home away from home for the guests, during a most probable stressful time, emotionally and financially.

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

ensure that this house at Hines would serve at capacity, without worry re food, provisions, etc. Half of that amount could begin a fund for a 2nd House in the greater Chicago area, at a military or naval hospital.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & Originally I was a volunteer who assisted in handing out brochures and speaking about the proposed Fisher House, what it was, where it would be, and the need for donations to get the matching funds. Most of the time this took place at fairs and public eve.