Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Welcome to the Fisher House Michigan Family

Welcome to the Fisher House Michigan family!
What is a Fisher House?
A Fisher House is like a Ronald McDonald House, built near VA hospitals for the families of our military and Veterans who need inpatient medical services. A temporary home away from home, Fisher Houses keep loved ones together during medical care. 
A home away from home, Fisher Houses typically include 16 private family suites for Veterans and their families. Additionally, unlike a hotel, families share common areas, including a kitchen, laundry, and dining room which help create a support network among the families. The best news? These families will never pay a dime to stay in a Fisher House. 
Why Fisher House Michigan?
There are 650,000 Veterans living in Michigan, and there are 5 major VA Medical Centers to support them. However, while there are nearly 80 active Fisher Houses around the world, there are NONE in Michigan yet. Working in collaboration with the Fisher House Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fisher House Michigan aims to change that. 
Fisher Houses have been approved for both the Ann Arbor and Detroit VA Hospitals, and Fisher House Michigan has set a strategic goal of raising $20,000,000. This amount will fund these first two houses, support the families during their stay in these houses, and endow a future for any other Fisher Houses in the state the VA authorizes.
These are first-class facilities, beautifully designed and well built. Our military heroes deserve nothing less. They are not financed by the VA but rather by private citizens and corporate donors, who want to give back for the safety, security, freedom and comfort our military provides.
Michigan is overdue for a Fisher House, and will get its first in Ann Arbor after groundbreaking occurs in 2019. The Fisher House at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center will follow in time. 
Fisher House Michigan is largely a volunteer organization, with a tiny professional staff. But in just over 18 months, this passionate team has raised over $4,000,000 toward their $20M goal. What's more, the careful stewardship of each donor dollar has won FHM a Platinum Rating for transparency from Guide Star Charity Rating System.
With an annual Veterans story-telling event that draws thousands, and with special fund-raising events all year like the  Memorial Day Match and the Patriots Pledge, Fisher House Michigan recognizes the exceptional sacrifice our Active Military and Veterans have made.
How can you help?
Watch for challenge match periods when you can DOUBLE your impact.
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Our Contact Information
Fisher House Michigan
3250 Plymouth Road
Suite 103

Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(518) 481-0552

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